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IN THE NAFY: or, Eathcr Against Son. 
A Storv of Navat AJvintiircs in the 
Great 'Civil War. 

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IN THE NAVY 



FATHER AGAINST SON 



A STORY OF NAVAL ADVENTURES IN 
THE GREAT CIVIL WAR, '61-'65 



WARREN LEE GOSS 

AOTHOR OF ''JED," " KECOLLEC'TIONS OF A PRIVATE, 
"TOM CLIFTON," "JACK ALDEN," ETC. 



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PREFACE 



The naval scenes of this stoiy are laid prin- 
cipally on the inland waters of Virginia and 
North Carolina during our great Civil War. 

The Dismal Swamp Canal connects Hampton 
Roads with Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, and in 
these waters there is more internal navigation than 
is afforded by Long Island Sound and its rivers. 
The Neuse, the Cowan, and the Roanoke Rivers 
supply channels leading far into the interior of the 
country, where railroads branch to the jnain routes. 
There are numerous inlets or channels between 
these inland seas and the ocean, through which 
traders could carry supplies to the insurgents, and 
where blockading vessels could not follow because 
of sliifting channels and shallow water. 

The hardships endured and great services ren- 
dered by the sailors of our navy in capturing and 
holding for the Union these waters are but little 
understood or appreciated ; for the drama of war, 
even during its progress, leaves upon the average 
mind only a few luminous points ; a few great 
names and a few great victories. Yet such minor 
scenes as are here delineated, — individual suffer- 

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VI I'nEFACE. 

iiigs and liardsliips. • — wliicli lii- Leliind the smoke 
of war, uiiilluniined 1)\- the o'larc of li'reat battles, and 
wliieli can only in part l)e deserilx'd, show, as no sta- 
tistics or oi'licial reports ean, ^\■hat Mas endured l)y 
those who fong'ht ori either side. Ilunianity might 
be less eager for eonliiet if the Ijrilliant veil that 
liides the hai'dsliips and agony of war could be torn 
awav, and its details more plaiidy seen. Not the 
least of these hardships in our war M'as the mental 
anguish caused bv kindred lighting against kin- 
dred, brother against Ijrother and hither against 
son. 

That i)ortion of my tale that attempts to mirror 
some of these conditions has in it more of reality 
than of hction, hir such incidents were constantly 
paralleled dtiring the [)rogress of our Civil War. 

The })lot of tliis story is (in [lart) not imaginary 
but real, and, were it needful, the truth of most of 
its details might be stibstantiated. 

The moral of this story is, that while there is 
but one right, it is none the less trtie that in a re- 
pul)lic there must always be many standpoints from 
A\hic]i the same questions mayl)e viewed, 1>y minds 
inlluenced l)y differing conditions of birth, educa- 
tion, and temperament. Ha})py are we wlien all 
differences can be settled by arbitration or an 
appeal to the ballot, and not to arms. 

It therefore becomes Americans, while holding 
fast to cherished convictions, to avoid bitter discus- 
sions and misrepresentations, and, '' with malice 



PREFACE. Vll 

toward none, with cl unity for all," bind np the 
wounds and cement the friendships and loves 
between fellow-countrymen. 

If I have succeeded in even a small degree in 
impressing these lessons of charity and love upon 
my youthful readers, the writing of this book lias 
been justified. 

W. L. G. 

July 4, 1S97. 



OOl^TEIvrTS 



CUAPTEK 




PAGE 


I. 


Fi.siiix(; AND Fished ....... 


, . 1 


II. 


I'lllL AT SciKIOL ........ 


. . 13 


III. 


A Faih i:e and its Coxsequexcks . 


, . 25 


IV. 


]Mv Fatiiek leaves Wiciixou .... 


. . 34 


V. 


^\ ]Mysteuy . 


. . 45 


VI. 


Ox Board the Brig '^Favorite" . . 


. . 5G 


VII. 


At Newberxe 


. , G8 


VIII. 


A Storm at Sea 


. . 82 


IX. 


The Wreck of the "Favorite" . 


9:5 


X. 


Ox A Barken Saxd-bak ..... 


. . 104 


XI. 


We make Discoveries 


. . 118 


XII. 


We Grope in Darkness 


. . 132 


XIII. 


We leave Chicamacomico 


. . 144 


XIV. 


Leavixc; Dixie 


. . 150 


XV. 


The Boot is on the Other Leg . . 


. . 170 


XVI. 


On Shore after the Battle 


. . 184 


XVII. 


Home, Sweet Home . 


. . 197 


XVIII. 


In the Navy 


. . 211 


XIX. 


The Advent of the " Merri:\iack " . 


221 


XX. 


Iron meets Iron 


. . 23C 



CnXTJ'LXTS. 



CUAPTER 

XXI. AlTKR THE r<)Nrr.iLT 

XXII. ( )n' Tin: •• Si'i ri ii;i: "■ . 

XXIII. AriAiK ()\ Si,( i:>>i()\viLi.E 

XXIV. l)..\v.N jTii: UivKK .... 
XXV. TjiiKn AM) C'()M>i::\iNi;i) 

XX\'I. Em:mii:s, yi t Fkikmis . 

XXVII. At riAMMiTii 

XX\'III. Tin: Ai>vi;vr or the '• Ai,i;em 

XXIX. In the Ene.mv"s C'dinikv 

XXX. r.NDEii Two Flacjs .... 

XXXI. Wn H (M K Fleet .... 

XXXII. Fndeu thi; Sikcedn's ('aim; 

XXXIII. In the 1I..si'tiai 



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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS. 



Drawings by M. J. Burns. 



PAGE 

The " iMoNiTOR " finally lay alongside the Huge 

" Merrijiack " (p. 242) Frontispiece. 

I FELT Phil holding me up 8 

" Why don't you shoot me? " 40 

" Let go that Rope, Hez ! " 99 

" Hold on," I said, " I can tow the Raft " 135 

"Yes, they're Uncle Sam's Barkers, an' no Mis- 
take " 1(19 

Landing of the U S. Troops at IIatteras 17.') 

"Take those Handcuffs off that Young Man's 

Wrists ! " 199 

"Hullo," I said, "have you got a Contract to 

EAT all that Stuff ? " 250 

I took her up again and strode resolutely to the 

House 285 

The River was not Wide, and I was able to reach 

the Shore opposite to the Battery 296 

The Order came, "All down!" and we struck the 

" Albemarle " like a Thunderbolt ! 375 



IN THE NAVY. 



CHAPTER I. 



FISHING AND FISHED. 



I WAS najiied for my maternal grandfather. It 
was, however, a surprise to ni}" mother when on 
my twelftli birthday my grandfather, Hezekiah 
Perkins, after turning a quarter of a doUar over in 
his fingers a great many times, gave it to me with 
repeated admonitions al)Out saving. Heedful of 
these maxims, I hastened to invest it in a new fish- 
line and hooks, in order that I might make it pay a 
large dividend of fun, if not of fish. 

I was, as my mother declared, a " chip of the old 
block," — like my father, — more fond of fishing 
than of work. 

Even Jimmy Gager, the schoolmaster, with whom 
I was at times a favorite pupil, had accused me of 
bringing to school in my pocket more worms for 
bait than slate-pencils for ciphering. 

I confess that the week I received the money 
mentioned, I was so intent on cutting a good fish- 
mg-pole, and on other preparations for fishing, that 
I lost sight of the bircli sticks which Master Gager 



2 FATHER Ad A IX ST SON. 

kc[)t iiudi'i" liis desk to (juickeii tlie meinoi'v of 
l)oys who, without a Avritteii excuse, forgot to 
go to scliooL 

Cue of tlie ti'iiits of my cliaractci'. if a hoy has a 
ehavaetcr at sucli an age, was un- (lis|)ositiou to 
foi'iu \"agal)oii(l associations ^vith l;ovs ot' all hinds, 
and with dogs. A dog that had ajipai'cntly lost its 
niastci' had singled nic out for that distinction, and 
l)ccanic 1M\' constant conipainon and pet. Xiy hither 
gave him the name of N'agahoiid ( whicli for con- 
\enience was ahhreviated to " \"ag "" ), and declared 
that he could always tell where I was ly the dog's 
y(d[i, as well as if ] had a hell tied to me. The 
Saturday after the purchase of my new lish-line, 
with Vag at my heels, I started on a iis]iing-tri[). 

Tlie city of W'ichnor. \\-here 1 >vas ho]'n and then 
lived, was a ( 'onne(_'licut t(n\-n of ahout sixteen 
thousand inhahitauts. Its situation near the liead 
of na\igation on the Wild River, hfteen miles from 
the sea, is one of he\\'ildering loveliness. Its 
streets climh and wind around Alpine-like lieights, 
crowned in places hy foi'est trees or gray 1)ould- 
eis and ledges. Among these heautiful hills the 
liomes and churches of its people cling and nestle 
like eagles" nests. 

The house in which my parents lived was on 
an Aeropolis-like hill whi(di rose from the centre of 
the town, and from which could lie seen two nar- 
row tributary streams, one on either side, quietly 
mingling Avith the hroader jiver, Avhich flashed and 



FISHIXd AXl) FfSHED. 3 

gleamed like molten silver on its way to the sea. 
Its foliage-covered banks Avere as varied and l^ean- 
tiful as ever the light shone upon in any clime 
under the sun. 

My father, who was Ijy hirth a North Carolinian, 
was accustomed to sa3% for the purpose of teasing 
my mother, who was a native of the town, tliat in 
selecting its site the original Puritan settlers had 
not thought of its romantic loveliness, hut of the 
more practical fact that they could get house lots 
on Iwth sides of the land. 

On the Saturday mentioned I started out fishing, 
without thought of the l^eauty of the morning or 
of the surrounding scenery, and was soon on the 
wharf, absorbed in my favorite pastime, and wait- 
ing; for nibbles and bites. 

Wliile fishing remained good, nothing distracted 
my attention. I had at first very good luck, but 
after a time the fish ceased to bite ; even then, with 
Izaak Walton-like patience, I still persisted. But 
Vag, yelping with impatience at my inactivity, 
pranced around tlie wharf and then returned and 
looked solemnly into the water. Although I kept 
on fishing, my attention wandered to a steamer 
from New York, which Avas landing its passengers 
at an adjacent dock. With one eye on my bob, 
I watched a flood of people pouring over the 
gang-plank. 

There was one passenger who did not land in 
the ordinary manner. While the tickets were being 



4 FA I in: It AdAixsT snx. 

taken at the [»lank", a little rag'anuil'liii elimhed out 
on the l)(n\' of tlie steamer, and Avitli an astonishing 
jump landed on his feet near me. 

'• W]ie\\',"" I ejaeulated adjniiingiy, ''l)ut that 
was a jnm|) ! '" 

The hoy made no i'e})ly, hut gathering up his 
oidy haggage, a hox containing hoot-hlaehing 
equipments, turned to the outroming }»assengei's, 
and with " lUack yei' hoots, sir?"" spoken in an 
energetic, nianner, hegan that occupation, and 
served a nund>cr of customers Ijcfore they left 
the A\'harf. 

After a while he sauntered towards me and Vag, 
jingling a goodly nundier of silver pieces, which 
he had received for his work. Patting the dog, 
who seeme(l to recogni/.c in him at once a con- 
genial fcdloAV-vagahond, he said : 

^' Did n"t I catch 'em on the fly? '" 

Thinking he referred to his jump from the 
steamer, I said : 

"It was a hig jump. Why didn't you come 
down the gang-plank? You might have hroken 
your neck hy jumping in that Avay.'" 

''Like ter jump; h'sides, hadn't no money, an' 
them fellers at the })lank would 'a" l)ooted me if 
they "d ketcdied me without tlie pastel)oard."' 

" What 's })astel)oar(l ? "* I inquired, not undei- 
standing his figure of speech. 

" Ticket," he responded ; and then asked, " Got 
any nibljles ? " 



FISHING AND FISHED. 5 

" Yes," I replied, " and fish too ; look in that 
basket," and I dis[)layed a goodly nnml^er of perch 
and snekers. 

'' Better fishin' than in Ne' Yo'k," he said. 
" Say, can I take this fish-line \\ fish ? '" 

I assented with a nod, when he helped himself 
to bait and began fishing as if it were his only 
thonght in life. 

"• Where did yon come from? " I inqnired. 

" Ne' Yo'k," he responded, with the pecnliar 
pronnnciation of the Bowery. 

'"■ Yonr folks let yon go 'ronnd alone ? " I 
inqnired : "" mine would n't." 

" Ain't got none." 

"No what?" 

" No folks ; old gran' died t' other day, had n't no 
place t' stay, an' the cops got after me t' send me 
away t' the Island ; so I come on here." 

"Where you going to stay?"' I inqnired; and 
then added: " Better go up to our house. Mother '11 
give you some supper an' you can sleep with 
me." 

"See anything green?" said the little fellow, 
pulling down the corner of his eye. " You can't 
stick me. See this," he said, jingling the silver he 
had in his pocket ; " made that in a jiffy ; goin' t' 
sleep 'round here somewhere — don't see any cops." 

" What 's cops ? " 

"Why, p'lice, of course; them's cops." 

During this conversation I took in the person- 



6 FATHER AGAiyST SOX. 

alitv r»f tilt' ra^-aninlTiii. His clotliinc;- consisted 
of ti'ouscrs. murli t(.(> lai'^'c f(ir liim. lield \\\) hy a 
siiiL^'lt' suspfiidcr : a raLi'^cd sliirl that scarctdy 
lii'oke joints willi liis ti-i»nscrs : wliilr a sti'aw liat, 
tlic torn liriiii of ^\']li(•ll ^-ot constantly in his eyes, 
snniiounti'(l his lu-ad. Ilic i'.\})r('ssion ol his fare 
was very pleasant, and in it I I'cnu'nilicr now tlid'c 
^\■as a mingling of good-natnre, shrcwdiU'ss, and 
decision. 

1 gi\'e these seeniingh- trivial details hecanse 
the\' made an impi'(\ssion on me. yonng as I was, 
and also hecanse withont this new aeqnaintanee I 
slionld not. in all prohahility, he here to t(dl this 
storw The afternoon approached and ^\■e eon- 
tinned to talk and lish. althongh the iish had 
ceased even to nihhle. 

After a long silem e my conn'ade said. " Le 's 
go in swinnnin". ' 

''•No,'" I responded, " nn tther says I can't go 
into the water until I learn to sAvim." 

Pliil Gurlev, for that he hiformed me was '-all 
the name he had." gave a half langh ;ind sniff of 
disdain : then, after a moment's attention to his 
nibl)leless hoh, said, '"('an y" hox? 

"Yes," I responded, "father has taught me to 
l»ox some, and gives me fencing lessons too some- 
times." 

" Ever seen a real light ? " asked Phil. 

"No," I replied. " TMd y(»n?"and then added, 
"Father savs 't isn't manlv to light, "less some 



FISHING AND FISHED. 7 

one hits you ; then to promote peace you ninst liit 
'em back so hard that they'll never want to strike 
any one again." 

" I see the fight l)etween tlie Xe' Yo'k Chicken 
an" the Bully Plug,"' said Phil. ''The Xe' Yo'k 
C'liicken got knocked out; made me sick. I never 
begins a fight, but I don't "low no duffers to puneh 
me. Xo, siree ! "' — then added, •• Ia" 's get into that 
boat," pointing to a little craft with her sail up. 
•• I see a fish break water out there." 

Suiting the action to his words, lie began to 
slip down the rope that held the l)oat to the 
wharf, and I, forgetting the often-repeated admo- 
nitions of my father to keep out of Iwats, fol- 
lowed. 

I had just got aboard when I noticed tAVO 
important facts : first, that the rope had in some 
way slipped over the h^Av rounded post of the 
wharf and we were drifting Avith the tide ; and, 
second, that my father was just coming down the 
AAdiarf, probaljly in search of a boy wdio had gone 
fishing that morning and had forgotten to return 
for dinner. 

My father, although kind and forbearing, would 
tolerate no disobedience of his orders, and I feared 
his displeasure should he find me in the act. So I 
hastily tried to pass Phil with the intention of 
getting behind the sail, just as a flaw of wind 
struck it. The narrow boat tipped, and overboard 
I went, clutching at air and water. 



8 FA Til Ell AC ATX ST SOX. 

.Vs I went uikUt ^\•alel■ tlir second time T seemed 
to hear my motlier's \-(iice sa\iiig, '' Ilez, how eoiild 
jou?"'aiid I h'licw iiothiiin' moiv until 1 felt I'liil 
lioldini;' me up and shoiiliiin' for me to caldi liold 
of tlie L;'un\\alt' of tiic lioat instead of himself : and 
\\as eonseious ihal \'a^'. m\- [)oor di\i4', was trying' 
to h(d[) hy swiminiiiL;' frantieallv ai'onnd me, and 
yeliiing. I aftei'wards h'arned tliat when I'liil saw 
me g'o o\ei-l)oai'd lie seizetl an oai', and inniping 
with it to my I'eseue eanght me, and with the aid 
of the oar got me to the lioat, \\liieh fortnnately 
liad heen Itronght near ns l»v the wind. 

There ^\"as a hnstle of excitement, and a circle of 
people ai'onnd me, wlu-n I regained (■onscionsness. 
They were, as T thonght, }innishing me hy i-oUing 
me over a harrel. I ^\'as at last ahle to make them 
nnderstand that I was alive, hy yelling, '• Le' me 
go, an' T won't do so again.'" 

The ineident had (»ne important result l)esides 
saving me from the A\'ater, and that was that my 
father took Phil, as he termed it, ''home to di'V," 
clothed him in a dry snit of my clothes, and in 
some way persnaded him to remain at our house. 

The part Phil had taken in my rescue drew favor- 
al)le attention to him, and the eity "'Daily XeAvs " 
had a seare head-line in its next morning's issue, 
with tlie caption, " A RAGCIED HEPvO," giving 
with some detail an account of m}' rescue. 

Neighbors fond of excitement and gossip dropped 
in to talk the matter over with my mother, and 



FISHINC AND FISHED. 9 

to bring goodies to the suppDsed invalid, nntil 
ni}' father faeetiouslj proposed to lure a man to 
help Andy Ca mulatto servant-ljoy that he had 
hrought Avith him from the South) do the eating. 
Among these callers was a eliildless lady, Mrs. 
Josephus Xonfit, a widow of independent fortune, 
distinguished among her neighl)ors as a i)rominent 
memher of the State Peace Society. 

After one or two visits, in which she talked 
much to Phil, ]\Irs. Nonfit brought lier brother, 
who talked with him as if to test his intelligence. 
Finally she proposed that he live with her and do 
errands and light chores. In payment for this ser- 
vice she would clothe him and send him to school, 
"so long," she added, '' as we can agree."" 

Phil had been somewhat nervous at first at the 
attention shown him, and confidentially told me he 
was afraid the cops Avould get after him ; but, 
gaining confidence in the people who showed him 
so much kindness and sympathy, after asking my 
fatlier's advice he assented to the proposal. 

Thus it was that Phil became my neighbor, and 
before long my most intimate friend ; and although 
my mother demurred at my constant association 
with him, my father replied, '' I played with our 
servants when I was young, and I 'd share my last 
dollar with that boy Andy." 

"• You always call him a 1)oy," said my mother, 
"but he is a man grown." 

" That is what we at the South call all of our 



10 



]'\ 1 7 II K /! a<;a IX s t snx. 



iiiiilc si'i'\;iiits."" cxiilaiiicd my fatlici; and llicn 
Tcsuiiiiii<_;' said. •' 1 1 docs n'l liurt a lad to pla\' with 
aii\' ]<iiid of l)()ys so Imi'^ as lir lias a pri ipcr spirit. 
J'liil si'ciiis tn nil' ti) !)»■ a ^ood kind of fellow", and I 
soincliow tliiiik that lir conies of L;do(l stoek. I)id 
you notice tlie otlier day lie wouldn't take tlie 
nioncN'llie jMMijile wanted to qive to liini. liecause, 
as lie said, lie liad done nothing' for it 7 It f^eems 
to nie that is the kind of spirit that any gentlenuiir.s 
Son niiL;'ht he proitd o!'."" 

A word of exjilanatloii hei'e seems in order fe- 
g'ai'diiiL;' our family. My father, Kufus Johnstone, 
.[]■.. while at a (^oiniecticut colle^-e. had made the 
ae(piaintance of Aliss IJose I'erklns — afterwar<ls 
my mother — while slie was NusitiiiL;- her aunt at 
the town in which the eolleL;!' was located. The 
acipiaintaiiee thus formed resnlte(l in a marria^'e 
without the I'onsent of the parents of either. 

When Rufus Johnstone. Jr.. iid'ormed Unfits John- 
stone, Sr., of his marriaLi'e. no answer was made to the 
letter exce[)t throtiyh a law\'er. who wrote : '" ^Ir. 
Iiiifus Johnstone desires me to eommtmieate for 
your information that he will hereafter fitrnish yoii 
with no money and will pay no debts of your eou- 
traetin^-. lie also desires me to say that there is 
an unexpended halanee helonging to yon as an in- 
heritance from yonr mother, an account of which 
will he n'iven and the money turned oyer to yon 
wheneyer a[)plie(l for in propel' form.'" 

From the tenor of this letter Unfus Johnstone, 



FISHlNa AND FISHED. 11 

Jr., iiiferi'od that his father A\-as not })lease(l with his 
niarriagi'. It proved, however, a hjve marriage as 
well as a love luateh, and neither of the eontraeting 
parties had oeeasion to repent at leisure of that 
whieli had been consuniniated in liaste. 

My father and mother had come to Wiehnor, 
and at the time when this story opens were living- 
on a small estate whieh was my mother's hy inheri- 
tance. 

My maternal grandfather, of whom I have already 
made mention, was a nuin mIio, hy shrewd manage- 
ment and penuriousnt'ss, had got together what 
was in those days thought to l)e a large property. 
He grudgingly })aid money, and had never l)een 
known until the incident recorded in a foregoing- 
page to give away anything. 

When liis daughter IJose came to Wiehnor with 
her husband, he offered to the young couple neither 
help nor interference. 

The year after their marriage I was born, and my 
father found himself without trade or profession, 
and with but a few hundred dollars in money and 
the estate mentioned as my mother's. 

Fortunately the care and control of money were 
largely intrusted to my mother, wdio had the Yan- 
kee gift of management and economy in an unusual 
degree, and, as my father used to say, " could buy 
with both sides of a dollar." 

I never heard a tart or unpleasant Avord pass l)e- 
tween them but once, and that was when my father 



12 FATHER AGAINST SOX. 

liad referred to the stock joke that Connecticut 
people made wooden luuns and nntniegs. Then my 
motlier sliarply res[)onded ])y saying, "•Yes, l)Ut we 
liave to go South to sell theui, as tliere are no New 
England peo[)Ic stu})id eiiongli to l)ny such wares." 
My fatlicr, at this answer, at hrst tluslied witli 
vexation, l)Ut hnalh' laughingly said, ''There's one 
little nutmeg that is not Avooden, l)ut all spiee right 
through, and that is my \\it'e I " 



PHIL AT. SCHOOL. 13 



CHAPTER 11. 



PHIL AT SCHOOL. 



Phll at once began g'oing to the same district 
school that I did. He had previously learned to 
read and write, and when questioned as to ho^^' lie 
learned said his fatlier had l)eg'un to teach him 
and he had picked up the rest. All lie could 
remember about his father more than this was of 
there being a crowd at the house where he lived, 
of his mother's crying as if her heart would Ijreak, 
and that he never saw his father after that. 

Of his mother his memory was more distinct : he 
remembered that she was continually crying, and 
that one day when she lay on her Ijed, as he thought 
asleep, he tried to awaken her because he was hun- 
gry, and was told she was dead. 

From this account it was concluded by father 
that both of Phil's parents were dead. 

The only thing Phil had that had belonged to 
his mother was a small picture of her, in a gold 
locket. My father suggested keeping this in a 
safe place, as it miglit sometime be important as a 
means of Phil's indentification. 

A neighbor was captain of a coaster running to 
New York and other places, and on hearing Phil's 



14 FA'lIll.li ACMXST SOX. 

liistdi'v Dl't'eriMl l(» tal-ic liiiii to New ^ nrk soiiict iiiic 
tt) see if ;iii\lliiiiL;' iiKirc coiiM Ik- Iciiriu'd of liis 
paiviitaLit-'. l»ul tliis was iidt tliou^lit at the tiiiic Id 
l)c advisable. 

NfitluT IMiil iiiii' I. as tlicsr }iaL;\'S will ilisclosc. 
was a iihhU'I 1)()\-. so f,ii' as i-(iii(luct was coiicfnit'd. 
I'liil was (jiiick t('iii[HTc(l. wliilr 1. iIioul;']! sln\\- to 
wratli and in tlic main L;-ood icin[it_'iH.'(l. was, if pro- 
voked too far. sidijt'ct to lits of un^'ovrrnalilo ra^T, 
A\liicli ( irandfatlu'r Pcrl<ins dcnoininattMl "a sla^■l'- 
lioldcr's tt'nipcr."" 

A 1)(»\' lias. I sujipost'. till' saxa^t' instiricls of the 
original man. and teachers and }»areiits are tlie 
ordained instrnnieiits for irainiiiL;- or snlidninn' 
thesi' instincts. Xeithei' Phil noi' I was an excep- 
tion to this rule. 

( )n our wav to school lie often made in(piiries 
which showed that his mind was agitated over 
problem.s suggested by his new surroundings. 

"Does some of your togs hurt you, llez?"" he 
asked, with a wig'gle and twist arul grimace, 
and with his haud to his shirt-haud to illustrate. 
'']Mine does, an' the shirt scratches me all over 
sometimes."' 

'* They starch "em all tner. I guess,"" I explained. 
'' Thev do mine sometimes: hut they dou"t mean 
to, though."' 

"Do vou have to eat with a fork, au" sit U}t to 
the tahle as stiff as a lam[t-post ? "" again in(piired 
IMiil. •• I have to — won"t let me eat fast wheu 1 'n\ 



PHIL AT SCHOOL. 15 

huno'i'v. ]\Iann [so lie call(Ml Mrs. Noniit] comhs 
my hair an" scrul)s my face, an' tliiiiks it "s awful 
if I get mv linger-iiails dirty. Is your marm so 
partic'lar? " 

" Yes," I said liesitatingly, for my mother had 
intermittent seasons of being very partieuhu'. 
""When she's l)nsy she ain't so fussy aljout me. 
She 's quilting now," I said, showing Pliil my very 
dirty hands, " and lets me off light." 

That a ])oy revolts against discipline and soap and 
water, and gravitates toward mud-[»uddles, dirt, and 
danger, to my mind shows that nature is not a safe 
gnide for him. 

Civilization consists of an attempt to take crnde 
nature out of hoys and other savages and refine it. 

That boys can be disciplined to keep the peace, 
wear whole clothes, give attention to cleanliness, 
study and work, is one of the wondei'S, and I al- 
most said miracles, of the achievements of civiliza- 
tion and of Christianity. For Christianit}", wlien 
brought down to practice, is in great part the put- 
ting of one's better self in dominion over his 
natural savage self, which, as Grandfather Perkins 
often said at prayer meeting, '' is as prone to evil 
as the sparks fly upward." 

For illustration : the natural boy, before being- 
broken to the home harness, loves to go with his 
feet untrammeled in summer, and to wriggle his 
toes in the nuid and sand, and is never so proud as 
when he has a rao' on a stubbed toe. He loves to 



It; FA'J1/J:R Af.'AlXS'f SOX. 

cliiiii) ;i trt'c liftlcr tli;iii lie likes ^dod clotlics. for is 
]i(>l natmv one \':ist ^'yuiiiasiiini. iiiipclliii;.;' bovs to 
muscular cxcrtioii '/ Should he lie uiistiiilc'(lly 
lilauit'd. as lie oltrii is. Ix'causc his iustiucts ai'c at 
WAV with iiiattTual auxictx' to keep him clrau. aud 
liis (dotht's ami cutiidc whoh.' '.' 

" I)oys,"" Amly oitcii said, 'Ms powi'rl'ul I'oii" olj 
I'aisiu' lui-tioiis an" dirt."" 

Again, the licst of l»o\s and men and uations 
lV(d, \\ln'n di'i\(_'ii to the wall li\' lirutal bulhdng, 
that they must light in the inlci-cst of peace. 
Instiuct in cither case leads us to hit ihe other 
l'ell(»\\' so hard that he will not want to liit us 
ayaiu. ( hrist teaches us to foi-hi'ai; and return 
good for e\'il : Iml who will restrain evil if it is 
encoui'aged 1)\' uon-i'csistaiice ? 

IjoVS should Hot l>e taught to Itecome men tf)0 
soon, and thus outgrow nuudi that is uiunixeil love- 
ableness iulu'reut in them, for they can never be 
boys ag'ain. 

In school ueithei' Phil nor I was anvthing more 
than moderateh" good. " ( )ur vouthful hearts for 
learning Imrned "" less than for a holiday. It was 
a serious though undebated question, as it ever 
will be with l)oys. w hat [»arents and guardians are 
for exce[)t to feed and house boys and trou1)le them 
b}' being fussy about them. 

Phil, especially. Iiad led tlu' free, untrammeled 
life of a vagabond in a great city so long that 
sometimes his guardian seemed to him a kind of 



rillL AT SCIIUUL. 17 

doinostie ''cop," to check fiui and administer re- 
minders that he was under surveillance. 

I have hcen tlius particular in my estimate of 
Phil and myself l»ecause I want my l)oy readers to 
understand that Phil was a real l>oy, and not a 
Sunday-school-book lioy — ini author's creation and 
not nature's. This is not an a|)olog'y for his wrong- 
doing, but a simple statement of facts. 

One day, not long after Phil began his attendance 
at our school, we both had to stay in at recess for 
being late, on account of stopping to clind) a tree 
to inspect a squirrel's nest. 

One of the scholars was a neighbor's boy, named 
Dudley Burton. He was two years older than 
Phil, and a head taller and e(jrrespondingly larger 
than either of us. When Ave went to the play- 
ground that noon, Dudley, evidently presuming 
that after punishment neither of us would com- 
plain to the teacher, began to pull Pliil roughly 
by the jacket collar, and to say with sneering, 
tantalizing emphasis, '' Wharf rat I Wharf rat ! 
Wharf rat ! " 

Phil, with flushed, piteous face, said to me, 
" Marm would n't like to have me fight or I 'd give 
him one on the nose. She said this morning I 
must always be a little peacemaker. 

" Yes," I said, " fighting is disgraceful ; " while I 
must confess that all the time I was itching to get 
hold of the bully. " Mother says so, but father 
thinks it is our duty to resent bad treatment some- 



18 



FATlIi:n ACAIXST SOX. 



times, otlier\\'is(' Liillirs witiild I'lilc rlic \\()i'l(l mid 
yoiid pr(.)|)li' !)(_■ ;it a (liscoiiiit."' 

Ill the afteriiodii I)u(lle\' IJnrtoii. or, as tin' Ikivs 
called liiiii lichiud liis liack, '• liulh^ iJuiloii."" was 
\-ery [>i-(i\(.kiiiL:; : lie nut diily ealled J'liil had names, 
1)11 1 [Hilled liislial iVoiii his head and Irainpled it under 
h)(it. I ^\'as sure from PhiTs llushe(| hiee that uotli- 
iiin' hut his :_;-()(id rooliitioii he[)l him from H^'htiiio'. 

'Idiat iii^'ht as he M'alked t In >UL;htfulh" hy my 
side lie said, '• 1 siippiise I )ud thdU^ht I was afraid, 
hut 1 ain t .L^'nin" to L;'et into a. mess an" ha\e mai'iu 
feel had, would you, Ilez?"' 

"No."" T said hi'sitatin^ly. "• it wouldn't he 
pi'o])ei'."" And yet all the time I felt as if I 
would like to pound Dud. 

" I 'ni i;'oin" to tell marm ahout liim."" said Phil 
'•an" see what she thinks: if "t wa'n't fur niakin' 
marm feel had, 1 "d puneli him I I )o \'ou think she *d 
really eare ? "" 

•• ( )li, my I "" I said: "shehelongs to the Peace 
Society, and they don't helieve in iiyhting- I *' 

'•'Well," said Phil, after a moment's silence, and 
kicking at a stone in his way, '" nohody was e\'er so 
good to me as marm is. exce})t your marm when I 
Avas wet that time, an" I 'm goin' to l)e good."' 

.Vt recess on tlie Saturday h)re!ioon foilowdng, 
Burton threatened to strike Phil with a cat-stick, 
as we 1)oys tlien called a l)at. 

" Stop that, lUirton I "" I exclaimed, picking up 
another bat. 



PHIL AT SCHOOL. 19 

"Two of yer, liey ? T\^vliaps you Avant to pick a 
quarrel," said Burton in a sneering tone. 

" Xo,'' I said, "■ l)ut ^\'e ^\■ant you to stop Imlly- 
ing." 

Just then the hell rang and [lut a stop to furtlier 
angry talk. 

On Saturday afternoon there was no school, and 
the boys gathered on the village green to i>lay 
'"• Four Old Cat," a game similar to Ijase ball, but 
not so intricate. 

In selecting })layers I was appointed to choose on 
one side and Dudley lUirton on the other. The 
cat-stick or l)at A\'as thrown up, caught, and first 
my hand and then Dudley's, alternately, was closed 
around it one al)ove the other, to determine first 
choice of players. It resulted in my being able to 
get four fingers on tlie cat-stick last. This should 
have given me the first choice,. Ijut Dudley jerked 
the bat from \w\ hand and declared that I \1 cheated. 
I was indignant, but yielded for the sake of peace, 
and that the game migiit not l)e spoiled. So we 
tossed up once more, and Dudley won the first 
choice. He had already chosen his first plaj^er 
when one of the best players in the school came 
on to the ground and I at once chose him for my 
side. This Dudley declared was unfair, and as I 
was in doubt I yielded again. 

During the progress of the game we were beat- 
ing the other side, Avhen Burton called a foul on 
one of Phil's runs, and not being sustained in his 



20 



FA Til !■: 11 A( : . I IXS T S ( )X. 



assertion struck IMiil \v\i\i liis cat-stick as he 
reaclu'(I tlic liomc _L;'oal. I was iio\\- not oiilv L;'et- 
tiiiy aii;4ry. Imt ^^•as n\' llic npinidu tliat \\c liad 
yielded eii(iiiL;'li inr the sake et' peace, ami said, 
'•Look liei'e. nurtoii. you "ve kiillied us iVoin the 
l)eL;'iuiiinL;', and we N'e lei it l;'o so as not to lia\e 
a fuss. Xow cheese il ! "" 

••I dou't associate with wharf rats and gutter 
snipes,"* siiarliii^lv sai<I Unrtou : aiul to ein])hasize 
his i-eiiiai-ks he struck' Phil once nioi'c a cruel hlow. 

At this I pulled oil my jacket, and adxanciiiL;' 
angrily towards jinrton e\(daimed. •" I "11 show you 
how to treat a coward and hulh!"" 'I'he ])ovs 
forme(l a rin^' and cried, "A llL;ht. a light!"* 

Just then I'hil [luslied his ^\•a^■ into the ring- and 
said, '• Fi'llei's, this chap hegun it hy callin* me 
names an" strikin" me. an* it's my light I "" 

*' Dud *11 lick spots out of yer,"" growded the hoys. 
'• lie *s l)igger *n you : *t ain't hiir.** 

Phil persisted: there was a murmur of assent, 
and I was ohliged to give way to him. 

'• Fellers," he said, *' I ain't goin' to have Ilez 
l)lame(l f r fightin* f"r me.** 

Phil stripped otT hoth jackets and even his un- 
dershirt, and resolutely stood on the defence. 
Dudley threw off his jacket and made an angry 
rush to iinish Phil, who (piickly ste[)[)ed one side 
and put out his foot, and Dudley plunged forward, 
hdling on his face. lie now was furit)us, and 
again rushed upon his small opponent, but Phil, 



Pini A T SCHOOL. 21 

■while facing- his antagonist, kept stepping l>ack 
ninil)ly as he struek DncUej', so that every blow 
aimed at him was warded off or avoided. Dudley 
was now out of breath as well as out of temper. 
He had lost his head. This was Phil's opportu- 
nity, and soon he had given the bully a black eye 
and a bloody nose. The boys cheered Phil ; when 
Dudley, thoroughly infuriated, and in defiance of 
fair play, kicked Phil in the stoiuach and then 
rushed upon him, while the boys cried, '' Foul I 
Shame ! Shame ! " and other exclamations of dis- 
approval of Dudley's conduct. But w^hen we 
thought Phil was down and conquered, l)y a skil- 
ful trick he turned the Ijully and was on top of 
him. Upon this a tremendous cheer went up 
from the boys, and they exclaimed, " Give it to 
him, Phil!"'^ 

'^No," said Phil pathetically, "I fights fair, if I 
is a wharf rat," and with this he let Dudley get 
upon his feet. 

Once more Dudley attempted to kick, when 
Phil caught his foot and sent him heels over head 
to the ground. He did not get to his feet so 
readily as usual, and wdien he again approached 
Phil it was with such total lack of self-command 
that Phil caught the bully's head under his arm 
and punished him " until he bellowed," as the 
boys said, " like a big calf." 

When Burton had gone from the field of his 
defeat, crying " enough," Phil turned to the boys 



l\\Tlli:n A(,AL\ST SON. 



and said. •• 1 1' aii\' (if Dud's friends ^\allts to call 
Hit' iir llcz names, (»!• lake up Dud's light, now "s 
y'v idiaMci'."' 

I)Ut 111) (lue M'aiite(l tii liglit. Idiev all ag'reed, 

e\"en Dudley's su[)[M>sed friends, that Thil luurheeii 

inoi-e than fail'. One of them set ii[) a cheer for 

i'liil. and calh'(l jiini '• I'hilihuster,"" and seenie(l 

.glad that the hulh' had heeii \'an(|uishe(l. 

I liidpeil IMiil put on Ins clothes, and liieii lie 
said soheil\ , •• Won't \u\\ go up lo marm's with me ? 
1 s|iose she won't want me f'r a ho\' an\' more, 
now i \c heeii iightin", f"r she said this nioi-nin' 
that 1 junst he a [leacemaher." 

•• 1 don't thinlv she'll turn you otit of the house 
for thai." 1 said. 

'• I don't care so much "hout that," said I'liil. 
'■as 1 do lliat slie'll thiid< 1 '\e lieeii hail a-pui'pose. 
J '\'e tried all along to he good all' to he a peact'- 
maher. as maiaii told me 1 nnist, "cause she's good 
to a- fidh'i'."' 

And Phil hegan lo snufile with his ai'm up to 
his hice. saying hetwecii smiines. •" an" now — I "\e 
lieeii an' — an" — lvno(dvi.'d Ditd iSurton into pieces, 
an" tore my hest hi'ichcs ! " 

.Vnd ^\ith this Phil hegan to cr\' lilvc a good 
fellow. So I A\"ent home with IMiil to ]iel[i hini 
make Jiis eonfessiou to marni, as he (.•ailed ]\]rs. 
Xonlit. ".Alarm," said Phil, very httnd)lv and 
trendilingly. and catcliing his hreath Avitli agita- 
tion, and ■snullling, — " marm — I've l)een an' toi-n 



PHIL AT SCHOOL. 23 

them new biielies a-li;^'htiu' Dud liuilon."" And 
then Phil began to liowl, as if he liad got the 
whipping instead of Dud. 

" Dudley kicked him dreadfull}', too," I put in 
synipatlietically. ''He's hurt liim l)ad, inarm." 

''Why, wliy! What <//-/ you hght for?" she 
exclaimed in reproachful tones. 

" He called me names, an' Hez a liar, an' struck 
me with a cat-stick. I had n't touclied him tlien, 
neither. And I did n't Mant t' tight. I don't 
s'pose you "11 A\ant me for a hoy, now I *ve been 
lightin'. l)Ut you've l)een good to me," said 
Phil, with the tears running doMU his face, " an' 
— an' — I love y', if I is bad." 

The good woman could restrain her motherly in- 
stincts and expressions of sympathy no longer, and 
throwing her arms around Phil's neck said lietween 
her sobs, as I told her about the tight, " ]\Iy poor, 
dear boy, your marm loves you. Don't cry, don't 
cry, Phil," and then, woman-like, she set the example 
by another burst of tears. 

The president of the Peace Society, who hap- 
pened to be visiting lier that day, came in while 
this A^as going on, and J\Irs. Nonfit explained the 
situation to him and said, " He 's a manly little 
fellow, if he did fight, .Air. Stanley." 

When the white-headed advocate of peace heard 
the full particulars he said to Phil, " It 's very bad, 
very bad." 

"You would n't have stood it to be aljused your- 



24 FATHER AG'AIXST SOX. 

self.'"" indii^'iiniilly said Mrs. Nontit. '-Youlcnow 
you \\-()nl(lu"t, Mr. Stanley I "" 

" X() ! ciiipliat ically I'csponded the gcnnl old man, 
as lie lifted up I'liiTs ti'ai't'nl fare. '• It "s a bad })rao- 
tiee to liglil. l»ut yon seem siin[)lv to have dtdVnded 
yourself, and plaLj'ne nie if I wonld n"l liave like(l 
to liaw seen yon walloji the hrulel — ITni:"" and 
the n'ood peace pi'esident. re.nieniherinL;' his peaeefnl 
nature, ejacnlated, •• IJad, had I — Ilninjih : "" and 
then hreakiuL;' out a^ain said, " lint he desei-\'eil all 
}'ou L;-avi' him, thon^'h, the hrutel"" 

When I told my fallu'r and grandfather about 
this inter\"ie\v they laughe<l inimensid\- h)r a time, 
and then f.tther said to mother, '"J guess if Phil 
eon(|Uere(l IJuiloii b\- force, Mrs. Nontit has con- 
([Uered I'hil by loN'e."" So it proved. 

IMiil had one of those nolde natures in which 
good seed [ilauti'd by kind and lo^■illg■ hands (piickh" 
g'erminated. If at times after this lie felt an in(di- 
nation to liglit, tlie impulse Ayas quickly eurbed l»y 
the thoug-ht of the paiu it Ayould cause to those 
\\]\o were kind to him. And after this the boys 
kne^^■ he could defend himself, and \yere but little 
inclined to proyoke liini. 



A FAILURE AND ITS CONSEQUENCES. 25 



CHAPTER III. 

A FAILUIIE AXD ITS CONSEQUENCES. 

The events narrated in the foregoing chapter, 
althongh in themselves trivial, were not without 
influence on our famiI3^ They show how the 
smallest incidents may turn the current of one's 
Hfe. My mother, although reared in democratic 
New England, was ambitious of social distinction. 
My father, horn and reared in tlie aristocratic sur- 
roundings of tlie South, and his father an aristocrat 
among aristocrats, cared but little for such distinc- 
tions except so far as they pleased my mother. For 
her he had at times made efforts to break through 
the cold crust of Wichnor society reserve. Mrs. 
Burton, the mother of " Bully Burton," had taken 
my mother up at one time and patronizingly 
declared that my father had a very distinguished 
manner ; but after the episode recounted in the 
last chapter she had socially dropped her, as grand- 
father sneeringiy declared, " like a hot potato." 

In Wichnor two conditions were essential to 
those who desired social recognition (and no 
doubt in this it is different from other towns and 
cities in New England) : first, they must belong 
to the leading church of the town ; second, they, 



21 ; FATHER AaAIXST SON. 

or I'iillior tlic male iiii'inlx'is of the family, must 
Ik" ill some kind of prosperous ousiuess, or have 
uuddulded elaims to Mealtli. Willi these (pialiti- 
t'atioiis a })eis(iii mi^ht take a hi^'h [>laee in the 
chuich or ill soeiely. though haviiiL;' hut little 
claim tti either hi^ii hirth or n'ood hreediuL;'. and 
thiai^h his life as a\-c11 as the means hy A\-hieh his 
wcallh was ac(|uired mi^ht lie a ti'ille shadv. 

.M\- fathei' jestingly said that in }iraetical Wich- 
nor. piet\' A\'as kept fnuii eontaniinatii)n hy keeping 
it frmii unduly interfering with a\ariee and money- 
gx'tling. Me eoiitinued, '• Wdiat though the Mas- 
ter said, long years ago in .ludea. 'Ye cannot 
serve (iod and .Mammon." and ^ Where your treas- 
ure is, there will your heart l)e also"? It does 
not ap[ily to the practical affairs of our churches, 
A\here large sums of money are needed for sus- 
taining a fashiouahle society and a high-salaried 
minister, and h)r converting the heathen. Cdiris- 
tiaiiit\', under modern conditions, must make 
concessions to the pursuit of Avealth, or suffer 
defeat."" 

(irandhither Perkins ])okt'd the fire lierceh- and 
his hice turned red — or was it a retlcction of the 
blaze? — as he said, '' Ifufus, I don"t l)elieve in 
a man"s heiug such a heathen as not to helong 
to a church, or so dummed poor that lie can"t help 
su})port it; that is — moderatel}'. It is written, 
"The meek sliall inherit the earth," isn't it?"" 

'■' I reckon, then,"" said father, with a smile, 



.-1 FAILl'RE AND ITS CONSEQUENCES. 27 

"that a good church meml)er mustn't he too par- 
ticular hoAV he comes into possession of his inheri- 
tance — is that it? " 

" How can a man he respectahle without money ? " 
querulously inquired grandfather, with another 
impatient poke at the fire. '•'• Besides, did n't vSt. 
Paul say, ' If any provide not for his own . . . 
he is worse than an infidel ' ? " 

" Wal," drawled Jim Bisbee, an ex-tin-peddler, 
who had dropped in for a neighborly talk, " a little 
money ain't a bad thing to hev, ]\lr. Johnstone, 
but if a feller pinches a dollar harder "n — he 
pinches on to other good tlnngs, it is t' my mind a 
sign that his heart is in the dollar ruther than in the 
good he can du with it. If a feller's l)ound t' make 
money l)y hook or crook, an' takes more pleasure in 
gittin' it than in usin' of it for some good purpose, 
then it 's agin Scriptur." 

" Well, then," said my father, " it 's a good idea 
to offer the high places in our churches not to 
those who are most Christ-like, Ijut to those who 
can put up the money ; to the highest bidder, as 
you might say? " 

'•'• Wal, nao\y, !Mr. Johnstone, that's one way o' 
puttin' of it, but I don't say it ain't a good 
scheme t' make the rich ones contribute money if 
they can't contribute a good example ; but, good- 
ness ! you know I think the M'ay t' keep men 
lib'ral an' good is t' keep 'em giviu' t' some good 
purpose ; then they feel they 've got an int'rest in 



28 PATH Ell AdAIXST SON. 

it. So the eliui-cli is all rinlit when you look at 
that side of it. Don't you sue. Mi'. Johnstone?" 

My father sniilt'd at -linTs piL'stMitation of the 
moral use of nicuu-y in ehurch affairs. Avhile grand- 
fatlicr (lro})|»ed the jiolver. lookcMl at his huL;t' silver 
watch, n'ot u}), and with a soui' look at Jim I>ishee 
went out h)r the niiiht. 

I have recorded my reeolleetions of this conver- 
sation hecause it re^'e;ds my hither"s eontem})t for 
mere money-getters. I have often heard him 
express the o})inion that thi' lowest use to ^\•hich 
the human intelh'ct could he put was to convert 
it into a machine for tunuuL;' out dollars and cents. 
In this \\'ill he seen how alien wvn^ jiis methods of 
thought from the ordinary New l^nglmid mind. 

Xotwitlistanding these ^■iews and his contempt 
for sordid gains, my father sur^irised all his neigh- 
hors, not long after this conversation, hy entering 
into partnerslii}) A\itli a sharp-i'aeed, sharp-dealing 
man, a Mr. C*yrus Katchem. 

Father's explanation of his reasons was, that 
although a gentleman and in the main a good 
( 'hristian, yet l)eing in no paying husiness lie had 
no proper recognition in either the church or in 
societv, and in conse(|uence would receive no con- 
sideration, sliould lie die, in a New England or a 
Wichnor heaven. 

"It's l)ecause you've got no proper gauge of 
your own eapaeity for husiness, Kufus. I "11 agree 
with you in one thing, you are too much of an 



.1 FAILURE AND ITS CONSEQI'ENCES. 29 

honest man and a gentleman to take a partnersliip 
with C3TU.S Katchem," said grandfather ; and liav- 
ing- had his say he did not again mention the part- 
nership nntil his attention was called thereto by 
the following circnmstances : 

At first father had pnt into tlie business only a 
little read_y money that he had in l)ank, but after a 
time Katehem declared that father's al)ilities had 
" made things hum," so tliat the business was 
extending Ijeyond their capital. 

Grandfather Perkins, on l)eing consulted al)ont 
putting in more money, very wisely said: "If the 
business is extending, your credit ought to extend 
with it. Don't risk money when yon don't see 
where it 's going to." 

What arguments were used to counteract this 
very common-sense view I know not ; but a short 
time afterwards my motlier's estate was heavily 
mortgaged for money to put into the firm of 
" Katchem & Johnstone." 

A few days later Cyrus Katchem declared that 
the business had got into a terrible snarl, and some 
one would have to put in more money to untangle 
things. 

As my father had no funds on which to dra^^^ 
and as Katchem said that he had begged and bor- 
rowed for the firm to the extent of his abilities, the 
snarl became a knot, which, it was soon found, 
could not be untied without an assignment. 

Burton, shortly after this, took the o[)portunity 



30 



FA 7 II I:R . U /. 1 / A'.s' 7 ' X ( )X. 



to seize my inotlier's estate l>y fnrerldsiiic;' liis 
in(ii'tL;'aL;-e. hut was clieelonahMl hy ( iraiidt'allier 
Perkins. \\-li() i'liniished tlie uioiiev to ])a,\- n[) the 
iiioi'ti^an'e (111 tile estate, taking one liiuiself at six 
per cent, interest 

AnionL;' simie nf our fair-niiii(le(l neiglihors tliei'e 
^\■as a strong opinion that ('\rus Ivatelieni had 
<h'lrande(l liis [larlnei'. 

( )n an examination of tlie hooks of tlie Ivatchem 
I'oneern. tliere was snrh nnmistakahh' e\i(k'nee of 
recent nnhnr and frauihileiit transfer of pioperty 
to k'atchein"s \\ife. that fatliei' hegan a suit at hiw 
againsi him. ( irand fatlier l'erl<iiis was opposed to 
this on tlie gidund that it \\(iul<l he. as lie sai(h 
'MJii-owing good nione\' after lia(h"' 

My lallier engaged as liis hiwyer tlie ahle/Whit- 
eome (uie. an influential man. and l)eh)re Kateliem 
had a ehaiiee to convey all his property hy safe 
transhn" it was [trompth' seized on account of the 
suit hrouglit hy my hither. 

Afti'r tlie usual ■• law's delay." judgment was 
I'cndered hw the plaintitf .lohnstoiie. 'I'lie defend- 
ant appeak'(|, and after a \exatious rediearing tlu' 
judgment of the lo\\-er court \\as sustained. \]\- 
ceptions to the ladings of the court were then 
carried hehire a full hench. wliic'h again sustained 
the judgment of the h)wer court, and my father 
triumi>lie(h 'Jdiere was rejoicing in the house of 
Uufus .lohnstoue, liut (-irandhither Perkins Avas a 
wet Idanket. "Wait,"' he sai(h "until you liear 



A FAILURE AXD JTS CUXSEUl'ENCES. 31 

from your lawyer. You 've beaten Kateliem, and 
now your lawyer will beat you." 

'' The Hon. Wliiteonie Cute is the soul of 
honor," exelainied my father ; '•'• I '11 voueh for his 
integrity anywhere." 

The day of settlement with the lawyer came. 
Father, the Hon. Whiteome Cute and his young- 
partner, and Grandfather Perkins were seated at 
a table where various papers weiv displayed and 
examined and explained. Ever^'thing so far Avas 
satisfactory. The Hon. Whiteome Cute then pre- 
sented an itemized account for his services. 

As the Hon. Whiteome Cute handed over to my 
father the account he said : 

" Mr. Johnstone, I 've known your father-in-law 
a great many years. I knew his good wife — (lod 
bless her I — before he married her ; I attended her 
funeral and Avas one of the Ijearers. I knew j'our 
wife, ]Mr. Johnstone, when she was a little girl. 
Our family has always thought a great deal of her ; 
and in consideration of our long, unbroken friend- 
ship I 've made my bill just as reasonable as is 
consistent." 

A tear glistened on the cheek of the Hon. Whit- 
eome Cute as he made these feeling remarks. All 
present were affected except Grandfather Perkins. 
He had unsentimentally put on his spectacles 
and was running his eye over the long, itemized 
account. 

As the Hon. Whiteome Cute concluded and was 



32 FATIIl'R ACAIXST SOy. 

wipino' liis eves Avitli liis spotless ixx'ket-handker- 
eliief, (Traiidt'atlier Perkins, })assiii!_;' tlic paper to 
father, sai<l witli aii aiiL;ry grunt, "It's duriied 
lueky, Ivut'us, tluit tlie s([uire didn't know your 
fatlu'r and mother ami all your eonueetions, or 
he'd 'a* skiiuied you alive.'"" 

Fatlier, as lie mastered tlic import of tlie items, 
exelaimed, "' Uut \\liat do I get, Mr. Cute? Your 
l)ill seems to eover the whole sum recovered from 
the thief."" 

'^({et? (ict, my dear sii- '.•'"" exclaimed lawyer 
Cute. ■•\Vliy, my good friend, ijun ijct iimir rase!"' 

I have often since that time had occasi(ju to 
o1)sei've that, in going to law, a client may get 
his case ^\■itllout ohtaining nuu'li else of justice 
or satisfaction for himself, except the doubtful 
pleasure of punishing an o})[ionent, and of l»ayiug 
the well-earu(.'(l fees of his hnvyers. Finally, the 
Hon. \\diiteome Cute, at grandfather's suggestion, 
threw out several items from the aecouut and 
reduced others until the hill liad shi'unken some- 
what in its proportions, grandfather sareastically 
saying tliat as la\\yer Cute hadn't known any of 
his son-iudaw"s folks, he thought it no more than 
right that these aljatements he made. Thus it 
\\'as that the original bill ^vas so reduced that some 
four hundred dollars remained after paying the 
bill rendered for lawyers* services. 

The Hon. Whitcome Cute seemed pleased when 
the settlement was concluded, and father eourte- 



A FATLFRI-: AXD ITS rOXSE(}J^ENCES. 33 

ously said, while l)owiii^' him to the door, " I do 
not consider the hill as it stands, ]Mr. Cute, in the 
least unjust." 

Father's means had now hecome so meagre that 
at last, after several months' waiting, he humiliated 
liimself so far as to write to his father, the Hon. 
Rufus Johnstone, Sr., offering, like the prodigal 
son, to become as one of his hired servants. 

There came no answer direct to father from 
Rufus Johnstone, Sr., but one from an uncle, 
William Johnstone, saying that, as he liad heard 
that my father was willing to accept employment, 
and as he needed a manager for his lousiness, one 
who was trustworthy rather than of great l)usiness 
ability, he took the liberty of offering that position 
for his acceptance. 

After family consultation, father decided to ac- 
cept the position. 

In a few weeks an answer was received inclos- 
ing a draft on New York for his expenses, one-half 
of which my father deemed sufficient, leaving the 
balance to defray family expenses until he could 
remove my mother and myself to the South. 

But while men make their little plans, and make 
them seemingly well, a higher power than man's 
often overrules them. 



34 FATJIini AOAJyS'/' SOX. 



CHAPTER IV. 

Mv iAriii:i; j.l:a\i:s wiciinoi;. 

I'l' M'as ill T)('c(_'iiil)(,'r, iN.V.). tliai the incidents of 
\\iiicli tlic Idrc^'diiin' cliajittT is a iccdnl oeciinvd. 
At that time tlic a^'ilatioii of tlic s]a\tT\- (|U('sti()ii 
was at its lii'i^'lit. |)iiriiiL;' the ])rc\ ious ( )ct()her 
Jdhii lirnwn. with a tew dfVdtiMl folhiwers. liad 
made a raid into \'iiL;inia at Harprr's Ferrw A\itli 
tlie avowed piuposu of raising- tlic standard of in- 
suri-cct ion. and ol aniline;' and liltei-atiiiL;' the shives. 

Tlic ])t'rsonal Iti'avt'iy of this fanatical ohl man 
liad t'Xcitc(I tlic adiiiii'atioii e^'cn of liis enemies, 
and aroused more sympalliy throu_n'liotit the Xortli 
tliaii tlic anti-sla\ery men had ever been ahle to 
gain for the slaves of the South. lie was tried, 
eomieted, and senteneed. and Avas hanged on the 
seeond of Decemlx'r. 

The main effect of this iiieident was to exasperate 
the temper and to increase tlie Ijitterness of politi- 
cal disetissioii everywhere. Soiiie men execrated 
Ihown as a dangerotrs fellow: others exalted him 
as a saint. 

Several of our neighhors had dropped into our 
sitting-i'ooni to express their regrets that father 
was to leave Wichnor, and perhaps, incidentally, to 



MY FATHER LEAVES WICIINon. 85 

learn his ()[)iiii()ii of tliu hanging of John IJrown. 
Father had always enconraged these gatherings, 
and his neighhors, in their self-contained manner, 
appreciated his unfeigned hospitalit}-. 

"We understand," said Jim IJisbee, "-that you 're 
goin' hum South. We 're mighty sony t' hev y' 
go, tu ; you 'vc heen a good neighl)or an' we hope 
we liain't seen the last of y'. I know somethin' 
'bout you St)uthern fellers — l»'"ty good l)reed; 
ruther pe[)'ry, tu, sometinu'S, I snum I when y' liap- 
pen ter git on the oif side of 'em. I 've peddled tin 
down South, an' some o' them cha[)S Mould Ijuy 
things they did n't want, an' never ask the price ef 
tliey happened t' like a feller, but ef they took a 
contr'y notion y' couldn't tech 'em with a ten- 
foot [)ole. But say, Mister Johnstone, what du y' 
thiidv o' hangin' that ole feller Brown? Kind o' 
tough on him, wa'n't it ? That ole feller hed more 
grit 'n all the rest o' the abolitionists goin'." 

Father made no reply, for Grandfather Perkins 
was fuml)ling a newspaper and clearing his throat, 
and he knew tliat more was coming. 

"I see they have had a meeting in Boston," said 
grandfather, " regarding the hanging of tins Captain 
Brown." 

"Shouldn't wonder," said father laughingly; 
" they get up meetings there on very slight prov- 
ocations." 

" Theodore Parker said at that meeting," con- 
tinued grandfather in his most stately manner (for 



:;o FAriiKii AdAfXsr sox. 

he (lid iTt lilvc to 1)(' iiitcrniptoil wlien ho liad any- 
lliiiii;' tliat lie coiisidcriMl of g'lvat iiiiportanee to 
deliver), "■ ''riie road to Heaven is as short from the 
^-allows as fi-oiii a tliroiie. tierliaps as easy.' Tlioreau 
said. 'Some ei^'hteeii hundred years a^'o Christ was 
rnn-jlied: this morning'. per(diaiiee, ('a[itain Urown 
was liaii^'ed : these are t\\'o ends of a eliaiu M'liieh is 
not without its linl^s.* I'hnersou said, ' Jolni l)ro\\ii 
is a new saiid, waiting' yet for liis niai1yr(h)m. wlio, 
if lie sliall sutfer. will make the L;■allo^\•s L;'lorious 
like the cross." " 

( ii'andhither folded his pa[)er and took off his 
speetaeles with unusual stateliiiess, and said im- 
pressi\'e]\-, ''That 's what I call elotpiencc. What 
do you thiid< of it. Rufus'/"' 

'^ A\"ith all deference to you,"' said father, with 
his ttsual politeness, '"I tliiidc it is n'randihxpiont 
nonsense. ( )ld Brown Avas a hrave man : lie 
helieved he Mas in the ri^ht, and was willing to die 
untlinehingly for it. Such traits always ennoble 
men. I l)elieve there is more of that kind of gait 
in your people than they get credit for. But all 
this a1)out John Brown being a saint and martyr is 
far-fetched. lie was simply, so far as I can see, a 
brave old man."' 

It will be seen by this that my father was a 
moderate and reasonable man in discussions which 
concerned the South. 

'' The truth is," said my father, "• the angry feel- 
ing's between the North and the South could not 



MY FATHER IJIAVES WICIIKuR. o7 

live a day if the two sections understood eacli 
other's point of view as I (h». Tliere are l)ut few 
gentlemen in tlie South wlio \\\\\ not ag'ree Avlien 
not angvv tliat slaveiy is A\rong. They ehuni, 
however, that it is made more toIeral)le at the South 
than it has ever ])een elsewhere ; that they have 
inherited slavery and its attendant proldems, and if 
let alone could deal Avitli its questions better than 
Northern men. Xoav, instead of endeavoring to 
solve the problems, they are busy in inventing 
replies to Northern criticisms.*' 

Grandfather Perkins poked at tlie fire, hitclied 
uneasily in his seat (for he was an extreme aboli- 
tionist in sentiment), and linally said : 

'•'• What can we expect of men, Rufus, who deny 
a man's right to possess himself? Such unreason- 
ableness leads to all kinds of violence, until a man 
gets adrift, as it were, and can't tell right from 
wrong ; '' and grandfather, wliile holding the news- 
paper before his face to shield it from the heat, 
gave the fire another great thrust, sending a 
tongue of flame, accompanied by a shower of 
angry sparks, up the chimney. A murmur of 
something like assent was heard in the room. 

" Andrew ! Andrew ! " called my father ; and 
Andy, father's colored man, or, as some one had 
called him sarcastically, Rufus Johnstone's shadow, 
at this call came from the kitchen, and stood re- 
spectfully waiting for father's order's. Andy was 
a mulatto, compactly built, and though nearly six 






F. I 77//: A' J ' ;. 1 7.\',S' 7' SUX. 



fc'L't ill li('i;_;lit <li(l Hot look it, 1)ecause of liis sviii- 
iiK'ti'ical ](i'o]iort ioiis. 1 1 is face, i1ioiil;1i oi'diuarilv 
]ilcasaiit. liad at times an t'Xjircssioii of almost 
saxa^c (Iclcniiiiialioii rarelx" seen in oui' of Iiis race. 
I''atli('i' L;'a\t' a few (lircclioii>. and as AiaU' innicd 
to L;d i-allcil liim Iiack at^'ain. saxin^'. '-Andi'cw, 
H'cl the l;-uiis ohI and clean tliem. and we'll trv a 
litl le slioolini;' to-moi-i'o\\ ."" 

'• "\ es. sail, i'es[>oii(led Andy, as he kuwed liim- 
.self out. 

'•||e"s a mi^'lilN- liand\ tellei-, said -lim l>isl)ee, 
"an" lie knows as mueli as an\liod\. In." 

•• \'es : and foi' ni\" [lart, llnfiis, 1 ean"l see wliut 
in the \\drld he wanls to woi-k foi' \(>n for,"" said 
!4Tan<n'atliei' : *'you ])ay him oid\' small wa^'es. I 
offered him donhle to woi-k foi' me. and the fellow 
hardly treale(l me decent : acie<l - - dnmnied if lie 
did n"t ! — as if 1 "d iiisnlted liim."" 

1^'athei'sniiled, and saitl in his sol't Sonthern nnder- 
tones. and as if to himself, "'No. Andy woidd n"t 
leaxcme:*" and then added as he nnised : " ^'ou 
wouldn't think that .\ndv was once considered 
intractahle. and a xcry had serxant, would \-()U y "' 

''The idea of sucdi a man hi'iiiL;' held as a slave ! " 
exclaimed L;-raudhither, interru[itinL;' hither. "■ AVhv, 
.Vndy can cipher and read ahout as well as xou or 
J can I J don"t see how he leai'iied it, though."" 

"•' Audy,"" said my hither tlioun'htfuM\-, •• was al- 
ways interested in e\-erythinn- I was htud of except 
J^atiu and (ireek, and 1 dare sa\- he knows mure 



MY FArilElL LEAl'ES WirUyoR. oU 

about them than I (hi ; he alway.s hiljored on any- 
thing that was hard for nie, Ijeeaase that Ixiy/'said 
father dropping his yoiee again, '"loves nie as well 
as I love Hez, or better; you would scarcely believe 
if I should tell you how much. Here, Andy is 
free as you or I, and yet tlie relations l)et\vccn us 
are the same that they A\'ere Avhen we were at the 
South, only he works a great deal harder here l)e- 
cause we are poorer. Slavery has its disagreealjle 
points, 1 '11 admit, and there are hard masters in 
the South, as there are iiere. I should n't like to 
have Andy fall into the hands of sucli men, l)ut," 
and father laughed as lie said it, '" they would n't 
get much service out of .Vndy if he didn't ap- 
prove of them." 

"Well," said ^Ir. Stanley, who was present, "a 
man like that stands a chance to get a bad master, 
does n't he ? " 

" I think he does," said father. " There are some 
men South, as there are every^^dlere, who \A-(jnld 
coin blood into gold, who care neither for God nor 
Ciesar, only the superscription on the coin. It 
is n't safe to give such men too much power. l]ut 
they overreach themselves, for bad masters make 
bad servants everywhere. I could tell you a story 
to illustrate tliat, one which came under my own 
observation, if I wanted to." 

" Oh, do tell us a story ! " I exclaimed. 

" Well," said father, '•" it is a true story, and it 
may interest you older men, but it is n't much of a 



40 FAl'Hl-.R A<;A]XsT SOX. 

storv til tell. i1i«iiil;1i tlir alTair A\as a ^rcat deal 
tall<('(l (if ardinid wlicrc I li\"c(l al tlie tiiur it 
lia|i|ii'iii'(|. 

••A mail w lid (i\\iic(| a jilaiilat ii m ailjoiniiiL;' my 
tallifi"s had a Inn llial iki diu' coiild iiiaiia^c. lIi- 
liad, SI) his master said, a w-vy liad tmuiicr, and lie 
\\ as liiialh' \\lii]i|ic(l. and liciiiL; as liiL^li-struiig as 
aii\' Hiic 1)1 \(iii ill- hfcaiiif w'oisc instead ot better. 

" < )ne daw while my bi'otlier ISob and J were on 
this plantation, we eaiiie upon him when the over- 
seer was ahuut to whip him aL;ain. I L;■a^'e the C)ver- 
seei' iii\' ne\\' rill*' to let the hoy oil' from further whi[)- 
piii'^at that time, for he had heeu given two or three 
eiits with the A\iiip already. 

"A day or two after this the hoy ran away to 
the swani]is. Here he lived, and couldn't lie 
eauglit. He was so iieree and sa^'age that after a 
time his oA\iier otl'ered a reward for his hodv. dead 
or alive. He hilled [)aek after paidc of blood- 
hounds sent out to ti'aek him, and I have u"t any 
doubt lie would have hilled the men sent after 
him if they had eome within his reaeh. After a 
while no one eared to lueddle with him. lie Avas 
nicknamed " Yellow Jack.' 

'' One day, while brother Rob and I were liunting 
near the swamp), there stood Yellow Jack on a hum- 
mock close to us. He was ragged and bareheaded. 

'''Hello! what are you doing here ?' said Bob, 
not a bit frightened. 

" ' Why don't you shoot me '/ I ain't nothin" but 



MY FATHER Ll'lAVI-.S WfCIIXuR. 41 

a poor runaway servant," said lit-. He lodlccd so 
miseral)le that it made me sorry Tor liim, and 1 said, 
'My poor fellow, we wouldn't hurt you if we 
could. We M'ould much I'litlier help you.' 

" 'Don't you A\ant some dinner?' asked Tm)!), at 
the same time passino- the luneh 1)asket. The fel- 
hny sat down and ate like a starving man. We 
gave him some tish-lines we had with us, a kiufe, 
and some matches, and after that saw nothing ()f 
him for a long time. 

'• I was very ill that winter. It was a cold 
winter, one of the coldest I ever knew in our 
country ; at one time the swamp was frozen 
over. 

'* I lay in my room hurning- up with a fever ; 
sick, it was feared, unto death. Somehow, I don't 
know exactly how, perhaps from my brotlier, or 
more likely from the servants, Yellow Jack 
learned of my sickness, left the SAvamps, and came 
to the house ; some one let him in, and the first I 
knew of it he was loathing my hands and face as 
tenderly as a woman. ]\Iy father came to the 
room, and seeing this — as he thought — danger- 
ous fellow, reached for Ids pistol to shoot him. 

" I don't know how I did it, Ijut I got from the 
bed and stood l)etween my father and the Ijoy, 
Avhile my brother, who had come in, pushed in 
between us, exclaiming : ' Tliis boy is here on my 
parole of honor, father. If you touch him I sliall 
be dishonored, and shall resent it.' Yellow Jack, 



42 



FA'rrU'.ll A'.AIXST SON. 



ineiiiiwliilc, liad taken me in his arms and put lue 
into IkmI aL;'aiii. 

"'My t'atlicr stoml a moinciit as it' uncertain, 
tlicn. as if coiniirclicndinL;' in }iart tlic situation, 
turned on his lieel and left the I'ooui. 

"In an lioiu' lie eame hack and han(h'(l nu' a 
|ia|)er. • Wdiat is tiiis foi'?" I said. • Kead it. my 
Soli." saiil fatliei-. willi unnsual teiidei'Uess. It ^\•as 
a hill of sale of \'ellow -laek, from liis master to 
me. 

"■ There, said falher, -the lio\' is \-oni's : I have 
hon'_;lii him foi- you! Wiw can set him free or 
do anylhiiiL;' else you lia\e a mind to with liim." 

" l-'i'om that time the ho\- nui'se(l me faithfully. 
I doiTt thin]-; lie slept for a Mt'ek, and the (hictor 
said his nnrsiiiL;' sa\-e(l m\- life. Yon would liardlv 
heliexe that the fellow who had heen so disohedient 
and savage heeame the most (h'Vott'fl servant a 
man e\er had. lie ueN'ei' took to the swamps 
after that." 

" What heeame of him linall\- '/ "" we all asl-;ed. 

"lie is out there in the kitchen — it Avas 
Andy." 

Tliere Avas silence in the L;rou[i for an instant, 
when Jim liishee ejaculated,"! snum ! "' 

The incident A\'as a I'evidation to oui' neighl)ors 
of tli(> relations sometimes existiiiL;' hetweeu master 
and slave. 

"1 "d like to see Fiicde Kohert."* T said. " Where 
does he live, father/"' 



]\[Y FATHER LEAVES WICIIXOR. 48 

" Rk'ss 3'ou, Hez, so would 1 like to see him I 
Where does he live, did yoii say? Well, when I 
came to this .State to enter college, he came to 
New York. He lived a, rather fast life, so it was 
said, though it was su[)posed he was studying law- 
there. I saw him once or twice after we came 
North. After that he was married, to an actress, 
it was said, and then father was angry, ])roke with 
him as he did with me later, and I 've not seen him 
since. He wrote me once ahout going to sea, and 
I 've never heard from him since.'' 

"Perhaps he has made u[) with your dad and is 
at home now," I said. 

" No," said father, '' he Avould starve before he 
would acknowledge himself wrong when he be- 
lieved himself right. No, he 's not gone home." 

The next day — and T rememljer it as if it were 
yesterday, though nearly forty years have passed 
since then — T accompanied father and Andy to 
the woods. 

The reserve and pride which at times seemed to 
shut me out from father's heart was Ijroken down 
that day, and he was sunny and at his best. I was 
allowed to shoot, under his direction, to my heart's 
content, for he was a famous shot ; and both 
Andy and father declared that T would make an 
excellent marksman. 

Before leaving for home, Avhile Andy Avas clean- 
ing the rifles, father said to me : 

"As you know, I am about to leave Wichnorfor 



44 



7-^ 1 I'll Ell A (;a ins t son. 



tlie 8<')utli : tliat unrortniiate failui'e lias made it 
iuhmII'iiI for nie t<> make an effort to do soiiietliiii!:;' 
for tlioS(' I lo\'e. My uncle has oi'fered me a jiosi- 
tioii with a L;-ood salary, a [)laee, he says, lliat 
doesn't rei|iiire mnrh Imsiness talent, — \\'hieh is 
fortunate foi' me, — hnt hde]it\'."" 'I'hen he hesi- 
tated as he said: " lie/,, I "\'e had, in some indehn- 
ahle way, a fetdin^' of iroultle — I mi^ht call it a 
jtresentiiiient. I sii[)[)ose it is siiiiplv low spirits. 
Still, 1 fe(d ill somr wa\' that ])ossi!)l\- f mayni>t see 
von a^'ain I'dI' a Ioiil;' time. 1 want yon always to 
reiiiemhi'r that \on are a ^'eiitleman s son. li \'ou 
ai'e e\'ei' tem|itc(l to door roiiseiit to a low-down 
act, rememhfi' this. I do not wish you to despise' 
us<d'iil em[)lo\'iiient, such as a trade: if I had a 
U'ood knowle(l^-e of some useful trade I would not 
leave von now. l)Ut wliatever you do, do it in a 
manlv. self-res[)eetinL;- way. If you must work for a 
liviiiL;', work like a gentleman and don"t he ashamed 
of it. Never take advantage of the weak nor eringe 
to the strong : never ahuse a trust nor hetray a eon- 
fidence : defend your honor as yon Avonld a weak 
woman or a ehild — if need he M"ith your life." 

This talk made a deep im})ression on me at a time 
when sueh im[)ressions are indtdihle : and if I have 
ever proved mvself manly and strong where I might 
have found excuse to l)e otherwise it A^■as het'ause (if 
such im}»ressious. received from my father. 

The next day lu' took his deiuirtnre hy steamer 
to New York en route for North Carolina. 



A MYSTERY. 45 



CHAPTER V. 



A MYSTERY. 



Shortly' after the arrival of my father in the 
South we reeeived a letter -written in a very h()[)e- 
ful and happy tone. His unele treated him as a 
son rather than as a de[)endent, he said; his sur- 
roundings ^vere pleasant, and he anticipated a 
speedy reunion Avith his family ; at least, as soon 
as he had tlie means, and could arrange pro[)erly 
for our removal South. 

After this letters eanie at regular intervals for a 
while, some of them containing drafts for money, 
and all expressing the love he felt for mother and 
me. 

In one of these letters he alluded to the threats 
of dissolving the Union, so commonly heard at that 
time among Southern men, if the Republican party 
should elect a president; and said it was mere 
bluster and talk, Avhicli would disappear after the 
elections were over. 

About four months after his arrival we were 
somewhat surprised by the intelligence that his 
uncle was attempting to effect a reconciliation 
between him and his father. Soon afterwards 
another letter from father announced that a com- 



46 



FA I'll i: J! A G. 1 INS T SOX. 



})lete ]'('concili;itiiiii luid lieeii effected. '"So yoii 
will see. my dear ui)s<\"" he wrdte, '• that the days (if 
oiii' p(i\'eny ai'e al)niit (i\"er. and also, \\hieh is of 
iiKii'e e(iii>('i[iieiice to uie, the (lavs of onr se[)aratioii 
fi'om each olher." 

A slioi't lime al'ter tliis there came still aiiolhei' 
lett(.T. sa\"iiiL;' that his hithi'i' had consented to an 
aiTaiiL^cnK'nt hy which he was to come Noi'tli to 
remove mt»t]ier and me to his homi.' in Xoith ( 'aro- 
lina, and that he should not wiite a^'ain hefoi'e 
stailini^' tor ( 'oiniecticur. 

\W' were i^lad and somewhat excited over the 
prospect. I^ach day tlH/reafler I visite(| the steam- 
hoat landinL;' to welcome liim home, hut he did not 
come. Days and weeks passed, and yet he did not 
come: neither did we recei\e aiiv messa^'e tVom 
him. Mother wrote to (irandhither Johnstone, hut 
received no replv. 

And\', who ^vas consulted, said vei'v ])ositivelv, 
'* Mas"r IJufus is sick, an' de res" oh dem fokes dar 
doan" ear" t" nol)ody hut demselves. ^his"r Rul'us 
would write if he eouhh If an"t"inL;' is de matter, 
de ol" ]nas"r would he too sorry for hisself to car" 
for you uns."" 

After this the atmosphere at home hecame very 
gloomy, and I often fouixl mv mother eiving l>v 
lierself. "'Something dreadful has happeneil to vour 
father,"" slu' said,'" and I wotild go South to see what, 
if I oidy had the money. " (ir.uidfather Perkins 
said, "* Yes, something has certainly happened to 



A MYSTERY. 47 

prevent liis coming, Lnt not necessarily sickness or 
accident. Wlien Eufns Jolnistone says lie will do 
anytliing, and fails to do it, there is some good 
reason for the failure ; it is not his fault, I am 
sure." 

The fact that he was starting for Wichnor when 
last heard from, and had not l)een seen or heard 
from since, though months had elapsed, became 
the talk of our town. Some of our neighljors — 
and among them the Burtons — put a sinister con- 
struction upon his non-appearance, saying he liad 
deserted his Northern wife. Jim Bisbee, when the 
subject came up for discussion, said : 

" Like 's not ^Iv. Johnstone has had some dis- 
'greement with some o" tliem political hot-lieads 
there. Y' know he ain't the man t' kee}) his 
mouth shet when there 's anythin' that orter he 
said ; an' like 's not he 's l)en sayin' their secession 
tin ain't silver. It 's a word an' a l)low down there, 
an' the blow is likely t" come fust. Isnum, they 
shoot at each other instid o' sassin' each other as 
tliey would here ! For my part, I think sass is 
more moral an' civil, an' y' can git over it easier." 

"• Nonsense ! what kind of talk is that ? "' said 
grandfather, snifting as if he smelled something 
unsavory. 

" Wal," persisted Jim, assuming an argumenta- 
tive attitude, and poking his index finger at 
grandfather's vest, '' Naow, 1 tell y' liow "t is : 
I 've peddled tinware 'mong 'em, an' y' know y' 



48 FATHER AdAiysT SOX. 

kiri(l"o st'f inside of a man wla-n y* ar" tradiii" A\"itli 
"iiii. If y" say aiivlliin" "Ixiut pulilics tlicv (loiTt 
like, tlu'y say. kiiul ii" |)lrasa]it-likc, tiiat llu/y ]\r\ 
the lii^'lK'st iTspcct f"r \'r opinions, but \""(1 better 
not express "em roiiiul there. Tlieii \"(1 better be 
a-L;'ettlir away if \'" ]ie\' any respect f"r \"r eari/tis. 
I snnm, tliein lliat ne\er o\\'ne(l a ni^'^cr or a 
siiin^-le on tlie roof of a sliant\- is tlie \\'nst ! 1 
Lj'ness tliat "s tlie w a \' "t is daowii tliere "baout talkin" 
"L;'"inst secession: I "11 bet m\' liat ",L;'"inst a tin pan 
it "s L;dt sonu'tliin" l" dn w itli ][nfns .Iolnistone"s not 
eoniin" Imm when y" expei-teil him: jest like "s not 
he told 'em that it was eoirsarne(| nonsense I "" 

( )tliei-s of oui' neiL;'liliors sn^'.^'ested that lie mij^'ht 
ha\-e Iteen foully dealt with in eoniin^;' throngli 
New ^'ork' ('ity. 

lint speculations ami eonjeetui'es re^'aribn^' him 
and his whereabouts proved as una\'ailinn' as had 
letters written to him and to Ivufus Jolmstone, 
Sr. 

The g'loom catised by father's absence, and tlie 
suspense eattsed 1)V uncertainty as to his fate. A\as 
inteiisiiied by poverty, whieli stealthily erept npon 
lis. 

This o-loom was lightened for me by Phirs eom- 
ing- to our house to l)oard. Mrs. Xontit. who had 
lieen complaining for some mouths of not l)eing 
well, Avas at last }»rostrated by a hemorrhage of the 
lungs, whic-h was so serious as to call forth from her 
physician, doubts if whether or not she could ever 



A MYSTERY. 49 

recover from its effects. On his recommendation 
she went to ^linnesota for a change of climate. 

Before leaving, witli many kind admonitions to 
Phil, she connnitted him to my mother's charge to 
care for dnring her absence. As she paid qnite a 
large snm of money in advanee for his l)oard and 
elothing, this was a great assistance to mother. 

Poor woman, she never came l)ack alive. Two 
months or more afterward a telegram was received 
saying tliat she had died suddenly from a hemor- 
rhage of the lungs. 

After her death it was ascertained that the only 
will she had left was one in the hands of her legal 
adviser, which was made long 1)efore she knew 
Phil, and that the papers for Phil's adoption had 
never been executed. The lawyer said he liad no 
doubt, from what he had heard her say, that she 
had intended to make a provision for Phil, yet, he 
said, it is very connnon for pe(.)ple to put off such 
matters until too late to carry out their good 
intentions. 

Tims it was that Phil was once more thrown on 
Iris own resources. But the kindly influence of 
Mrs. Nonfit remained. Her love had left such an 
impression on Phil that in proportion as he regretted 
her death he heeded the good advice and teachings 
she had Q-iven him. Such is the transforming' in- 
fluence of kindness and love. 

We were in much the same situation so far as our 
immediate prospects were concerned. 



50 i\ 1 77/ i:r . I (;. i ixs r son. 

Andy, after niopiiiL;' arouiid tlic place JVn' several 
weeks after tliis, left Uw paits niikiiowii. to tiii<l, as 
he t'X])laiiie(l in a note wliieli he left in his I'oom. 
"• .Mas"r IJiifus."" 

As there was now no one in onr faniih* eoni- 
peteiit to eare for the place or enlti\ate the land, 
mother icnioxrd to ( li-andhither Perkins's, where 
slie took eliarL;'e of his honse. ( iraiuU'ather said 
that the ho\s, alhidiiiL;' to I'hil and nie, were hii;' 
eiion^h to i>ay for their keep l>y working- on the 
farm. 

I^'ai'm work was distasteful to me. and grand- 
hither was \cry exacting, and. as I thonght, need- 
lessK fnss\-. IMiil h)oked u])on farming much as 
I (li(h tiiougli he did not o[ieidy complain. 

Alter we were in hed at night it \\as a favorite 
})astime with ns to talk of going to sea. From the 
standjioint of two l)oys in a eoiidoi'tahle home a 
sailor's lite ap[ieared alhu-ing. I <le(dared to Phil 
that I had always wanted to he a sailor. \Vhile 
his foi-mer hard lessons in life taught liim that 
there would, as he said, "lie some hard knocks in 
it," yet in the main lie agreed with me that going' 
to sea was preferahle to *■• digging." 

I linally hegan to urge mother to consent to my 
going to Pivermonth with Captain Zenas ^^"illiams 
to ship with him h)r a sea-voyage. My mother's 
re[(ly to tliese im})ortunities had always heen un- 
I'avorahle. (iraiidhither had '' poohed " at it, and 
said it was "• hare-brained nonsense." '•" Did n't you 



.4 MYSTI'UIY. 51 

ever read Peter Parley's Geoo-rapliy ?" said he. 
" Is n't there a verse in it that reads : 

' WiittT ami land \\\um tlie face 

< >f this riiuiiil wdi'M we st^c. 
The laml i^ man's >aff ihsvllinii-place, 

But ships sail on tlie sra"? 

'' I 'd "a" made an amendment to tliat verse if I "d 
liad the making of that g"eogra[)hy ; I 'd had it 
read : 

'Tlie land is man's safe dwedling-plaee, 
But fools will '4o to sea.'" 

One evening Jim liisbee visited ns, and on 
aceonnt of his qnaint talk (whieh was sprinkled 
with more than aeeidental wisdom) he was a wel- 
come and entertaining visitor. 

''Heard from y'r father yit, Hez?" he inqnired; 
then a(hled, as if in answer to his own qnestion, 
'' It "s awfnl qneer he or some 'n' else don't Avrite." 

I said* " Yes, Jim : and 1 'm tr^dng to get mother 
to consent to my going to sea, on some vessel 
l)Oiind for Sonthern ports, in hopes to learn some- 
thing aljont Avliere father is." 

'' Sho ! " stdd Jim slowl}', looking fixedly at me. 
'' (Join' t' sea ain't what it's cracked np to he, l)y 
a long ehnck. I 've ben t' sea myself, an' I rnther 
guess ef y' knew what kind o' dnin's an' the 
topsy-turvy kind o' life 't is y'd never say 'nother 
word." 

Just then mother came in, and Jim, to my sur- 



52 ;■'. I 77/ i:ii . i <;. \ ixs t sny. 

pi'isc. turiKMl like a A\calli('r-\'aiit', and bcn'an to iii- 
tt'ivcdf witli lici' in liin' ^\itll iii\- wisiics. 

'•• Xaow, Mis" Jdliiislonc,"" saiil -lini. crossinL;' liis 
It'Ljs ill a <lclil»('i'at(' niaiini'r. and ninniiiL;' liis liii^crs 
tlii-nii^ii his hair as if to ch'ar his llaai'^lits. •• \'"r 
soli lic"s licii a-d'Uin" hi' wants l" l;ii1' sea : lir says 
lie tliiiilxs in that wnv \\i- iiia\' fall in with his 
father. lit'/, is niirasy as he r"n be. an" the ^\•av 
he "s n'oin" on lie "11 soon 1)(' a trouhle t" y" aiT 
like "s not no ad\antaL;(' t" liiinsclf. \\v (hin"t like 
farniin". an" the s(|uirf lici'c. lie liiinl-;s a l;-oo(| deal 
o" III'/,, an" He/, sets a store 1>\ his ^'raiTthei- : liilt 
lie's like lighted toiirhwdod an" the l»oy is like 
})o\\'dei', an" I n'licss "t is a i^ood idee t" kee{> sei-li 
tliinL;s in dil'feriint parcels if v" do n"t want t" hlow 
iqi. I siinni I Ili'z wants t" l;'o t' sea : or at least lie 
thinks he doos. an" ef y" don"t look aout he may 
feel es ef he "d a eall t" >^n. anyway, lie 's j(\st said 
t" nie that in touchin" at Southern ports he may 
tind aout somethin" "hout his father. Xaow, !Mls" 
Johnstone, wli\- dou"t v* let him hev a liek at sea- 
fai'in" life? There's Xathau (hillup. he didn't 
maount t' shucks on a hirm : jest see what a 
miyhty smart feller he makes as cap'n of a ship: 
at least that 's A\-hat they say. lleM "a" made a 
poor stick of a farmer. T' git ahead in the ^^•orld, 
a feller's got t' work at somethin" lie likes. Naow, 
I kind o" \A'lio[)ped "raoundfrom one thing to t' other 
till I got t" tin-peddlin". It fitted me jes" like a 
glove. 1 knew the minnit 1 got ou t" a tin eart that 



A MYSIllRY. 53 

I was made for tlie l)iz ; an' I "ve made a pooty fair 
fort'n at it, tu. Say, i\Iis" Johnstone, why don't 
y' let Hez go ? Ten chances t' one 't '11 knock the 
conceit out on 'im ef y' let him try it. NaoAv, I 
wanted desp'ritly t' go t' sea once myself. Father 
up an' says, ' Go ahead, Jim ; an" when ye've got 
tired o' sleepin' on a shelf, come hum an' try an' 
behave y'rself an' sleep in a reg'lar bed.' 

" Wal, I went daown t' Rivermouth, an' after 
lookin' up at them tall masts an' understan'in' I 'd 
got t' shin 'em ef I went b'fore the mast, I ast the 
cap'n ef thar wuz any place behind the mast whar 
I would n't hev t' shin them tall poles. He said, 
guess 1 meant a cook's berth. Fin'lly, after peekin' 
'raound kinder anxious-like most o' the day, I did 
ship as cook on a thunderin' gre't coal skuner. 

'■'• Wal, we sot sail an' for 'baout an hour every- 
thing was slick as greased sunshine, I snum I An' 
then the wind cum up, the waves sloshed, an' jest 
jumped tliat ol' skuner raound like popcorn in the 
hot ashes. I wuz washin' up the dishes, when 
them tin pans 'n' plates b'gun t' roll 'raound an' 
slide 'bout like all p'sessed. An' then I was con- 
sumedly sick, an' thar I wliz, tryin' t' hold on t' 
sumthin' an' tryin' t' ketch the pans an' things that 
wuz a-sloshin' fust this side an' then that side like 
mad. An' thar I wuz gittin' sicker an' sicker, an' 
sech a mess raound that air skuner's kitchen y' 
never see, but y'U stan' a chance ef y' go t' sea, I 
snum ! 



54 FAriiri: A(,Ai\s'r sox. 

••Fiirily. 1 Ii'm] i" lay daowii: the p(»ts an' 
dislics niUiu" I'aoiiiid witli uic on the flot)!', an" I 
L;-ittiii" sicker e\"ery (IiihiiiumI inlniiit t"ll 1 tlioiiylit 
I sliM (lie. I went on in that jmorsick an" <lyin" 
sl\lc. the caiui jawin" an" all the I'est on "em niad 
"enz I eonld n't ^it Lj-rnh Cr 'c\\\. an" tisin" had 
lann'iniLi'e 1 wonhl n"t n^' tn a sick- pi^-. 

'• FiiTllv."" contiinicd -lini. veiy soleinnlv, "the 
cap"n jiiil inter lii'id^'epoit. " "cnz." he said, "it 
loolvci] as it were a-L;'oin" t" lilow." Jewhitakerl 
Jest "s el' it had !i"t heL^'iin .' 

'• When that craft L;'ot inter IJridQ'eport, I jest 
hd't e\'eiy"tliin" I had — cloihcs an" sea-notions — 
an" I did n't turn t" look at that skuner agin; ef 
I lied 1 1)"rie\'e I "d "a" pid^ed. 

'• ' Wdiar l)e y"r goin" / " ycdled the cap"n. 

•••(ioin" hnni," says I, ^\•ithaont tnrnin" niv head, 
the land lieavin'an" oiistiddy-like, like the swashin" 
dee[). An" I }>nt t'"r the steam-ears an" got hum that 
night jest "haoiit niilkin"-time. 

"■Mother said wlieii I walked inter the liaouse, 
'•Mercy sakes ali\'e, -lames, y" look like a gliosti 
Wliar did y" come frum?" An" 1 said, 'Mother, 
I "\e come f"m the ravin" deep an" f"m death's 
door." 

'• When father come in, he said very kindly an' 
smilin"-like, •• James, eat your su})per an" go an" milk 
the eaows an' du the chores," Y'd ought t' see me 
spring tu it. Why, farm work Ava'n't in)t]iin' arter 
that v'v'ge : "" 



A MYSTERY. bb 

And Jim (.'Inu'lvled and iul)l)eMl down liis tmuscrs 
legs, Avhicli were some distanee from his shoes. 

''Haven't you ever Ijeen to sea sinee, ^Mister 
Bisl)ee '/ "' inquired Phih 

'•'■ Wal — no, not V.aetly ; I 've been t' the nied- 
ders t" mow salt liay, but I "^e alla's kep' witlii i 
wadin' distanee o' the sliore, Iw gum I 1 say, Alis' 
Johnstone, give the 1)0}" a trial at seat'arin' li! , 
an' let liim liev money enough so he e'n git huM 
f'ni any reasonable distanee "thout walkin'." 

]My mother, perhaps l)eeause she thouglit, like 
Bisbee, that I should get siek of the sea and be 
thereafter contented to stay at home, tinally eon- 
sented to my going on a voyage with Captain 
Zenas Williams, if he would take me. 



56 FATIU'II ACLiJXSr SON. 



riIAPTEI{ VT. 



, 7? 



ox I!(»ai;l) Till-: isinc •■ I'A vdrite 

Now tliat it was at last settled lliat I was ,L;-(tinn' 
til sea, at least mie N'oya^'e. iieilliei' I'liiliKir I cinild 
talk' (if aii\ t hiiiL;' else, for JMiil liad made iijiliis 
iiiiiid that if ('a]»tain Zeiias Williams A\'(iid(l take 
]iim lie would l;() with me. 

We were talking' at the lu'eakfast-lahle al)()iit it, 
^\•|lell i^'raiidfatlier sail] : '" 1 siqipose it is all settled 
IKiW, I le/,. except wliat positinli \-()ll 'II take, wlietlier 
hefoi'e tliemastor, like Jim IJisltee, /'r/y/y/</ the mast ; 
oi' pei'liaps you "11 take C'ap"u Williams's plaee as 
master ? "" 

•'I expeet,"' I re[tlied, "to Ixyniu at tlu^ bottom 
and leaiii the business, grandfather."" 

" W(dl,"" said lie more seriously, "whatever you 
do, Ilez, do it well, and remember tliat honesty is 
the foundation of sueeess. lie respeetful to every 
one — your father has taught you that: and re- 
member that a dollar in your poeket is a good 
friend." 

When night came Phil and I lay awake as long 
as we could, talking of adventures on the .sea. AVe 
seldom got to sleep before being east away on what 
Phil ealled a '' desperate "* island apiece, for we did 



ON BOARD THE BlllG " FAV< iniTi:.'" 57 

not agree as to the niatenal tol)e cast awa\- witli us. 
I wanted to be left on a desolate island \\\{\\ noth- 
ing but a suit of clothes, while Pliil a\-ou1(1 not. con- 
sent to be cast away without a shi[)ful (-1 good 
things with him to make life cheerful. We usually 
compromised l)y Pliihs l)eing wrecked on an island 
near to mine. '* Then," he would say, "• it would l)e 
handy for you to come over and Ijorrow the tilings 
you needed. " 

Captain Zenas at last came liome froni a voyage, 
and mother waited on him, accom|)aniedby Phil and 
me. 

The captain w^as a rosy-elieeked, sedate-looking 
man, with very little of the appearance of a sailor ; 
but at times there was an expression in his face that 
showed to me that he was a man not to Ije trifled 
with. 

Mother made her application, to which the cap- 
tain at first replied adversely, saying, '•' I don't like 
to take my neighbors' boys to sea, because at sea no 
favors can be shown to any one ; even boys have 
got to be men at sea, ma'm ! " 

At last he yielded to many flattering persuasions 
urged by mother, and agreed to take us witli him on 
what he called a trial trip. '•'■ Then w^e can see," he 
said, " how the brig and the boys will jibe together." 

Then came the excitement of getting us ready, 
for clothes had to be made especially for service at 
sea. 

While these preparations were going on, Jim 



58 FATIIlin AGAINST SON. 

nislu'c (Mine ill 1(1 talk tiling's ovci', and make sng- 
gcstidiis (liawn from liis (_'X|)L']-u'1ic(' on tli(.' de(.'[i in 
a ('(lal sc]i( M mcr. 

"('a])"ii Zciias. (lid y'say?" said Jim crossing' 
Ills Ioiil;' 1('.l;'s and assuming- a look of fox-like sa- 
l^aeitv. •• \\"al, iiaow. Mis" Joliiistolie. lie "s a j^'ood 
man ashore, he *s one o" the pillars o' the eliiireh, ef 
not half o" the hull o" the Ijclhel daoun there t' 
J{i\-ermaoutli \\hei'(^ they du say he runs the Inill 
thiiiL;- an' preaehes. tu, sometimes. liut y" know a 
man is kind "o diff"i'uiit when he's on the rollin" 
dee[> : the best on 'em "11 act kind 'o tearin" like, 
when lliin^s is a-eiittin* u[» an* howlin" an" tossin".*' 
and -lim heax'ed a [>rofonnd sii_;li of sympathx' at 
wliat was before us. I had hard work to keep 
from laug'liing outright, for I had not forgotten 
Jim's description of his sea \'oyage. 

"Captain Williams,"" interrupted mother, 'Ms 
different from ordinary rough and profane sailoi's, 
and that is the reason I want llez to go to sea with 
liim ; he's a Chi'istian man."" 

'"Ilnm!"' ejaculated Jim. stroking his cliin 
th(»ughtfnlly : "yes, lie ix a pooty goo(l man, an" 
well spoken, hut then — Say, did y" liear "haout 
their church maulin' him at Jii\"ermaouth f"r cuss- 
in', once? "' 

"No,"' said mother, "and 1 don't believe any- 
thing said against such a man, either; envy loves 
a shining mark." 

" iJill Hardin*, one o* them liivennaouth men," 



ON BOARD THE BRIG '•FAVORITE:'' 59 

continued Jim, not noticing my mother's remark, 
" went t' sea 'fore the mast Avith C'a[»'n Zenas ; 
an' when he come hum — y ' see he b'k^ng'ed t' the 
Bethel tu — he ^lut in a e(.)mplaint t' the chui'ch, 
an' they hauled him over the eoals f'r eussin' liis 
men at sea. 

"AVal, Cap'n Zenas he stood up t' the rack 
an" totdv it like a man. He owned up tliat he 
swore sometimes, but not in any irreligious man- 
ner, but as a cap'n of a brig, perfessionally. Then 
he turned on l>ill Hardin' an' said, ' Brethering, I 
had a duty t' perform f'r the OA^'uers an' under- 
writers, an' there ain't a man here,' he said, ' that 
can skipper a craft an' not swear, with such men 
'fore the mast as that air Bill Hardin' ! ' 

" The officers an' Ijretheiing was mostl}' sea- 
farin' folks, an' they l)rought in 'ginst the cap'n 
thet it w^iz in evidence that he bed used strong- 
language at sea, but it \\'uz also shown thet it 
wa' n't used in a profane or irreligious manner, 
but as the cap'n of a ship, J snum ef they didn't," 
and Jim chuckled and added, ''l)ut Cap'n Zenas 
is a respectable man, Mis' Johnstone, an' 1 don't 
think the sea lies hardened his heart like it had 
the ole chap I sailed Avith, — sailors ain't like other 
people ; the terrors o' the deep are awful provokin', 
Mis' Johnstone. Ef y' could hev jest seed me 
on thet ole coal skuner 3^' would n't wonder sail- 
ors lose the'r presence of mind, an' — mos' every- 
thing else, I snum, sometimes." 



60 FATHI.Il ACAIXST S(>X. 

It was a iiidiiu'iil of L;rt'at cxcitciuriit wlicii Phil 
and I, ill tiiirsca ri^'s, went (in lioai-d llie l)ri^' •• l*'a- 
voritc,"" at IJi\"cniioiil li. TIk- crcal^inL;' of tin.' 
l)locl>;s and llic snirll ol' tar all had a chaiin for us 
whicli cannot ]>r rxpn-sscil in \\'ords. lait A\'hich 
nian\ will nndcrstand. 

V\\' hrst L;-ot oui' chests into tlic forecastle, Avhitdi 
M'as a small, lilacf;. ill-snielliny hole, in which six 
men besides us lto\s were to ha\e a home. An 
old sailor named Tarhox showed us our lierths and 
whei'e to stow away <iur •' duds,"' as he called them, 
alter wdiieh we went on deck. 

Tlie hi'iL;' ^\'as a trim-lookiuL;- craft: her white 
decks, and well-set up I'i^Lj'inL;'. and fresh paint 
showiuL;' ad\antaL;'eously in contrast with the din^y 
colliers and liimhermen and other coasters which 
lay at the whar\('s. 

^Ve soon l)e_L;an to explore her, after wdiieh we 
anuised oursehes liy going aloft and seeing wdiieh 
could liist I'each the masthead. While thus en- 
gaged the captain came on hoard, and for a while 
looked on at A\hat I>ill Tarliox called our "sky- 
larking." 

I heard the ea})tain say, ••They'll do; they git 
round "niong the riggin" as ipiick' as cats." 

■•Ay, ay," gi'owded 1)111 d'arhox, "'htit it'll lie 
diff'i'cnt h)r the ^•(.)ungsters in a gale o" wind!" 

That niglil we sle[)t in the forecastle, liut got 
our sup[)er up town. The next day, the last of the 
brig's cargo — several hundred quintals of dried 



ON BOARD THE BRIO - FAVORITE^ 61 

fish, also a large (jnantity of salt, and several large 
l)(>xt's (ir cases — was stdwed l)el<»w decks. In the 
afternoon we pulled out into the stream ready to 
sail on the morrow, "wind and tide," as Bill Tar- 
l)ox said, '••[)ermitting." 

I had my first meal on board that evening, and 
then learned that in tlie forecastle of a ship there are 
no such things as a table, knives, forks, spoons, or 
crockery. The '"kid," around \\ hich we sat on 
the deck, contained a piece of ''salt junk" and a 
few boiled potatoes, to which we hel[)ed ourselves 
by cutting from the meat with our sheath knives. 
(The kid, let me explain, is a, tub bound with iron 
hoops.) ^\s we crawled out of the dismal fore- 
castle after this unpalataljle meal, Phil nudged 
me and said, '' Say, Ilez, we 're livin" like pigs, 
ain't Ave ? " 

That night I stood my first " watch " on board 
ship. I walked "fore and aft,*' looking over the 
taffrail and bows at every round, feeling that the 
safety of the ship depended on my vigilance and 
fidelity. When I Avas at last relieved, one can 
imagine \\o\\ horrified I was to see the old sailor 
who relieved me stow himself away in a snug spot, 
and light his pipe for a smoke ! 

" Is that alloAvable on shipboard ? " I asked. 

" Avast there and belay I " ejaculated the old salt ; 
"tlie barnacles can't come up through the bottom 
o' the brig, nor th' sky tuml)le on to th' mainmast 
when she 's in harbor an' safe at anchor." 



62 FATifi:n A(;aixst soy. 

I ^vt'llt l)cl(»w ;iii(l liii-iicd in " all stairiii".'" as IJill 
Tarlxix called it (tlial is. with iin' clotlics on). It 
st'cmcd to me I had no sooner i^ot to slee[) than I 
lieard thnnniiiiL;' <iu tlie hatch and the loii^-drawn 
out call iVoiu the decd<. — " All-stai--how-lines ahoy I 
iMi^ht hells there ludoW"! I )o Voll heal' the news',''"" 

It I thought it a hardship to he awakened and 
calle(l on deck at that time, how much harder was 
it afterwai'ds. when at sea. with the attendant dis- 
comh)rts. I answered similar calls to dutv. 

I scrand)led on deed; with m\'e\'es hut half o})en, 
wishiuL;' I could onl\- just sleep a few moments 
lone('i-. ( )n assumiuL;' my duties. I was instructed 
to call the ca[)tain if the wind (diaiiLjt'd. My 
wattdi was nearly out when the wind came 
around to the northward and eastward, and I 
calletl the captain. It was l)iitad daylight wdieii 
he came on deck, lie told me to call all hands at 
once. I did this as instructed, though I was 
aware that neither my maimer nor voice had a very 
nautical style. IJill I'arhox afterwards said "it 
sounded more like ^ cock-a-doodle doo " than "all 
hands on deed-; ahoy I " 

The men came on deck at the call, however, like 
magic. They loosened the sails and hraced the 
yards amidst what seemed to me a hahel of unin- 
telligihle sea-cries and sounds. The orders were ra[)- 
idly given and executed, we manned the windlass, 
and in a few minutes the anelioi' was up and we 
wi'ie lavinu' our course down the Sound. 



ON' BOARD THE lUlia '• FAVORITE^ 03 

TIr' first mate, tlirouyli Avhoni caiiu' all oi'dci's 
to the men on tlie deek, Avas a A\eatlier-l)eateii old 
sea-dog, witli a face the eolor of Ihissia leather, 
and a voiee that sounded as if a s(]nall of Avindhad 
strut'k the riggino-. He was a good seaman, so 
I)ill Tarljox said, Imt, to {[Uote the same atithoi'- 
ity, ''too much given to s[)liein' the main l)ra(;e.''' 

I did not understand the term until Bill had 
accompanied it in pantomime, as if taking a drink 
from an invisible glass. As tlie mate walked the 
deck, his hands hanging by his sides, like hooks 
spliced to liandspikes, he seemed to me arbitrary, 
tyrainiical, and in all respects the reverse of what a 
gentleman should be. 

The Avind was blowing quite fresh, and ))efore 
we had Ijeen out in the Sound an hour both Phil 
and I were dreadfully sick. We took Bill Tarl )ox's 
advice, and made just as little of our sickness as 
was possible, though the smell of bilge-water in 
the forecastle, when T went Ijelow while off duty, 
did n't help me to any appreciable degree. So, fol- 
lowing the advice, Ave both did our l)est to keep 
on our feet and at our duties, though, I must con- 
fess, it Avas tough. But on a ship there is no cod- 
dling, and sickness of any kind gets but little 
sympathy, for, as Bill said, " A man don't come to 
sea for his health." 

By the time Ave had reached New York Ave got 
over being sick, for that time at least. I AA^as sick 
several times after this, however, during rough 



64 



F.VniEll A<,MSSr SOS. 



W'riitlici'. ;tii(l soiiirtiiiU'S when it w;is not roug-h, in 
i^oiiiL;' aloft. DnriiiL;' our tri[» down the Soiiiid, I 
waited on tlic captain. ;snd Icai'iicd the names of tlic 
sails and ropes, and the meaning' of ""port"' and 
■■'starltoard."' 

\\v airivc(l in New "^'ork on Sumlay : and as that 
day was a day of rest, after a fashion. e\'en on ship- 
hoard, we were allo\\"ed to ^o on shore. 

Here Phil showe(l me tiie places with which he 
was familiar, aial. as I hail not heen in New York 
hefoi'c. 1 was \'ery nnich interested. We rand)led 
around near the I>owei'y. when, stopping- lietVire a 
dingy, (hla})ilated luiilding. in a dirty alleyway, 
Phil ran u[) a }»aii' of i/reaky, narrow stairs and 
kno(d<ed at a door that seemed drojtping from its 
hinges. 

\ hkMr-eyed woman, slatteridy and sonr-faeed, 
answered the call. ''There,"" said Phil, "-is where 
I lived with Alarm (iiirley, Itut they don"t know 
anything alxnit lier. and J s"[)ose it "s like looking 
for a chip thrown o\'erlioard on Long Island Sound 
to ti'v to find liei' in this hig jilace."" 

As we were making onr A\ay haidv to the " Fa- 
vorite."' we encountered the mate coming out of one 
of the many driid-:ing-plaet's that detile that qnarter 
of tlie eity. His eyes were bleared, his steps loose 
and nneertain. 

'^ Whew I "" said Phil, in a low tone, as the mate 
passed witliottt noticing us: '-he hasn't heen to 
church or Sitndav-school : hishreath sticks t)Utlike 



ON BOARD Tin: niLlG " FAVOIUTE:' 65 

the llyiiiq- jib-boom of the brig ; you can hang your 
hat on it, it 's so strong ! '" 

That afternoon, after we had got l)aek to tlie 
Inig, the mate came on l)oard, as ]5iII said, " with 
tlu'ee sheets in the wind, an' t' other shiverin " I " 

The captain, who had been to church, also put 
ill an appearance on the quarter-deck. An hour 
hiter we pulled out into the stream, the wind l)eing 
favorable, and were off Sandy Hook l)y sundown. 

The next day the weather was tine, and I began 
to think that I should like a sailor's life. I said 
something like that to an old salt, when he made 
me the unexpected reply, ''So would any old 
woman in the country," and then crossly added, 
" There ain't wind 'nough to fill y"r hat." 

That night, liowever, we had a disagreeable 
change. I was fast asleep, when I was awakened 
l)y three thunderous blows on the booby-hatch, 
and the call, '' All hands on deck ! " On reaching 
the deck w^e found a heavy cloud darkening the 
sky. We had barely time to haul down and clew 
up, before a squall struck us, and the water was 
pouring in the port bows and the hawser hole, while 
at the lee scuppers it was over boots in water. The 
decks were as steep as a roof, and the brig w^as tear- 
ing through the water like mad witli a lather of 
foam at her bows. Both Phil and T sprung aloft 
with the rest, and though avc were of Ijut little 
assistance, much is forgiven to green hands that 
show good will, and we did our Ijest. In a very 



66 iwriiEi: acmxst sox. 

short time tlie sails wcw I'urk'd or recft'd, l)ut we 
rciiiaiiicd on deck, sea-sick, cliilled, and l>eiiuinl)ed 
with wet and rol(L 

I thoiiu'lit \\r had (.'scajifd ^'I'eat ]>eril, and said as 
mueli at'lfrwaril lo Hill, liii t he loolv l he wind out of 
my sail, as saihirs say. l»y lan'_;iiin;.; \\\\^\ saying;', ''It 
\\an"1 iiothin" Iml a jintl' o" wind, \ ou lidtliei'! A\'ait 
till a ,L;'ale coiiifs so y"ll lia\'e to liold \'v hair on."" 

\\r ai'ri\('(l at Xoi-|'oll< in the coni'sc of' a week, 
and li\' that lime hotli IMiil and I had l)ecoinf in part 
accirstonird to the lil'e, and eonld at h'ast (hi a little 
H'ood scr\ ice. Unt it was a doL^'V lil'e. as the ^'rowl- 
\\\'j^ old sailors justly called it. There is nothing' 
regular ahout life on shiphoai'd : there are no 
state<l houi's of slecj) that may not at an\- time he 
liroken in upon h\- an emergency, oi' l)y the eapriee 
of the ea|)tain or some other ol'licer of the shi[). "A 
good sailor," said lUll Tarljox, '• slee[is when he ean, 
for wlien at sea he don't know when he'll git 
another chanee." 

On our arrival at Norfolk we l)egan diseliarging 
a portion of our cargo. 

While in this port I Avent u[) toAvn, and while 
waiting for a re[)ly to a note from the captain, Avhieh 
I liad delivered, heard mueh talk al)Out "Yankee 
al)olitionists." 

"• What have the Yankees done ? '' I innocently 
asked of the clerk at the oftiee where I had de- 
livered the note. 

" Why, the rascals have elected a president of 



ox HOARD Till-: iinid ■• FA von in:."' t;7 

their own," he replied, ''and that will ()l)liL;'e us to 
go out of the Union/' 

We sailed from Norfolk to Xewl)erne, X.C, where, 
after a rough voyage, even wlien measured l)y Bill 
Tarbox's standard, we arrived in due season. Long 
before this we had occasion to remember Jim Bis- 
bee's saying, "• Goin" to sea ain't what it's cracked 
up to be I " All its romance had faded, and we had 
got down to its grim, prosaic, and uncomfortable 
reality. 



68 FA'nii:n ahaixsi' son. 



CIIAPTEPv VII. 



AT ni:\vi;i:i;xp:. 



l)ri;TN(; tlic iv\\) t(i Xcwlierne tlic first mate, 
wlio at l)('st was wliat \V\\\ 'I'ai'luix called a "■cross- 
j^raiiit'd sticl^,"" \\as mad*' tiioi'i' than usitally \\'j\\ 
l»y l)ciii:L;' partially uiidei' tlir inlhiciicc of li(]U(»r 
wliicli lie liad biou^'lit on l)oard a1 Norfolk. 

Tlic second male, Mr. Kohert In'll, was a good 
sailoi' and, as tlie sailors all a^'reed. a q'cntlc- 
man. lie liad sliip[ied on tlie "Favorite"' at 
Kivermoutli. where, it was i'eport<'d, he had jnst 
before arri\-ed as lirst mate of a shi[), from a voyage 
aronnd the world. Mr. lUdl was as line a speci- 
nu'n of an American sailor (and I now speak with 
a niueli wider knowledge than I then had) as I liave 
ever seen. Not only was lie a fine sailor, edueated 
in seamanshi[), as one of onr old salts declared, 
" way to the tips of his toes," bnt his strong and 
handsome face was set off l)y nnnsnally good taste 
in dress, gracefnl carriage, and scru})nlons })e]'sonal 
neatness. 

The second officer of a ship, as most sailors will 
agree, has an exceedingly difficnlt position to fill, 
for he has no associates among tlie common sailors 
for he is not one of them, and yet he is expected to 



AT NEW BERNE. 09 

lead them, and be foremost in their duties aloft, 
and ill reefing he takes the weather earing. He 
has the captain's watch at sea, and while he takes 
his meals and sleeps in the cabin, he rarely asso- 
ciates on terms of equality with the captain and 
his first olficer. In port he is the ship's stevedore, 
and at sea he is the ship's servant, as sailors say. 

^Ir. Bell's manner was pleasant though decided ; 
never familiar to his superiors in rank, nor to the 
sailors in the forecastle ; he never assumed nor 
condescended ; he listened respectfully, and obeyed 
orders quickly, as a sailor should. Owing to his 
apparent superiority in seamanship as well as in 
manners, there were many surmises among the 
men in the forecastle why he had accepted a posi- 
tion as second mate on board of the " Favorite," 
and that too at a time when good officers were in 
great demand on first-class ships and sailing crafts 
of all kinds. 

From JNIr. Bell's coming on board the brig at 
Rivermouth, the first mate, either through jealousy 
or natural ugliness and an unreasonable temper, 
had in every waj possible for a man in his posi- 
tion tried to make the second officer's place 
unpleasant. But the latter adroitly avoided the 
nautical traps set by his superior, and passed 
unnoticed his crossness, anger, and want of good 
manners, as he would an angry gust of wind or a 
dash of salt water. 

" It 's because Mr. Bell 's a first-class sailor an' 



70 FATHER AG.UXST SOX. 

a iirst-class luaii." said Uill, " that lie takes tlie 
mate's liaziii" so cnolly an" as a matter n" cdurse ; 
lie's a Letter sailoi' an" a Letter man tliaii tliat old 
duffer of a lirst mate."" 

Those, lio\\e\('r, wlio were students of Ininiaii 
nature nii_L;Iit at limes lia\i' seen on tlie fare of Mr. 
Uell an e\[)ression \\liit'h lioded n(.> ;^()od for the 
th-st oflieer. 

^Ir. r>ell not oidv treated Pliil and me consider- 
alel\', lint was si'iuiiin^ly nnudi interested in us 
and in oui- pro^iress in h'anuuL;' tlie duties of sailoi'S. 
lie not onl\' s|)oke to us in a [ileasant manner, 
but "iMit himself out "" to insti'Uet us in our duties. 
This was in mai'ked eonti'ast with the manner (jf 
till' llrst mate toward us. He, from our lirst I'oniing- 
on hoard, treated us as intruders and interlopers; 
especially was this true of his treatment of uie, for 
whom he seemed to ha\e taken a special dislike. 

On the trip from Norfolk to Xcwherne Mr. 
Ilardiny had called me to stand hy the wheel. It 
was roug'h weather, and I, heing' not aci/ustonied to 
the duties of helnisnian, of course did not suit him 
at a time which would have tried the skill of one 
much more experienced. I did my hest, liowever, 
and I douht if he would have been better suited 
had T bei'U able to steer miudi lietter. As it was, 
when the brig ^•aried a }>oint at times, owing' to 
my lack of both skill and strength, he began to 
curse me in a very foul and abusive maiuier, and 
tinally, though I had made no reply (though some 



AT NEWBiniNE. 71 

of my contempt and disgnst for the man may have 
been seen in my face), he exchiimed, "• I "11 teach 
you, you surly dog, to sulk and look black at mc." 
And with this he seized a rope and struck mc, and 
was about to repeat the blow when the ca[)tain, 
coming out of the cabin, arrested his hand, saying 
in his coldest tones, 

" None of that, ]Mr. Harding ; I will have no 
punishments on board this brig without my orders, 
and in no case while a man is at the wheel." 

Some hot words followed. 

"You take a land-luljl)er on l)oard," said the 
mate angrily, " to l)oost through the cal)in window, 
but you must n't expect me to help you do it." 

" Let me hear no more of this. You have hazed 
the men ever since we began this voyage, so I am 
afraid we shall be left short-handed before we get 
back to New York," said the captain. " I won't 
have any more of it. Let me hear any inore such 
talk and I will send you to the forecastle to do duty." 

"You darsn't do it," growled the mate under 
his breath, but at the same time cowering and 
obeying the captain. 

There was a good deal of talk and many conject- 
ures among the men in the forecastle, ^^'hy, after 
such a breach of discipline as well as unusual prov- 
ocation, the captain did not "break" tlie mate as 
he had threatened and send him to the forecastle to 
do duty as a common sailor, as was the captain's 
right, and perhaps his dut}-. 



72 FAriiER AOAixsr snx. 

'•I']] tell }-(»n,"" said .lim Cuiiklin. a I'cil-lieaded 
sailor and a sort oL' a -sliiirs lawyer." as sailors rail 
tlu' s|)rci(.'S. ••he 's !_;-ut Sdiue kind of a hold on tlie old 
man or he ^\■onld n"t take so nindi slark from him."" 

" Wal."" said I)ill Tarhox. slo^\•ly turninj^' his 
([nid in hi?; check, '•I've sailed with ( "a}i*n Zeiias 
off "n" (»n ([uite a s^xdl, an" he 's a very considerate 
an" jnst man, hnt F never kne^\' o" his takin" l)a''k 
talk or slack <)" the jnw from any one l)"fore, an" 
"tween ^■on "n" me "ii" the niainm"st it looks "s though 
the mate InfJ got a round turn "nd a hig'ht on th' 
ol" man."* 

Such was the general opinion in the forecastle, 
where it was agreed 1»y all that the ca})tain, though 
an easy-going man when things went t(_) suit, was 
as hard as iron \\hen anyone didn't 'Mnind his 
eye,"" or ^vas lacking in respect to officers. 

It must not he inh-rred from the foregoing inci- 
dent that I was dull in leai'iiing the duties of a 
seaman. ()n the conti'ary I had (as no less an 
authority in seaniairshi[) than liill Tarhox declared) 
improved A\'onderfully. 1 had learned to knot 
and reef, could liox the com[)ass, knew the mean- 
ing of most of the orders for working the ship, 
and coTdd steer a trick at tlie ^^'heel in fair or 
ordinary weather. 

Phil liad made progress e(jual to if not greater 
than mine. ()f the two lie was the nimljler in 
laying aloft, and from the lirst, if not a better 
sailor, was a more ready one than I. 



AT NEWnKllNE. 73 

From our coming on board lie was in greater 
favor with all on the brig than I. In teni[)eranient 
we were opposites : I was by nature grave, eokl, 
and unsmiling in my manner, and did not relish 
familiar ty, sueh as being slapped on the shoulder 
by a casual acquaintance, Avliile l^hil, though not 
lacking in pioper dignity, had a laughing, smiling 
manner that thawed, like sunshine, the coldest 
uatures into a liking for him. In learning there was 
also a difference. Phil learned as if by intuition, or, 
as Bill said, " as if he 'd learnt it all 't once an' was 
simply pickin' up ag'in what he 'd partly forgot." 

On the other hand I learned by patient applica- 
tion and careful attention to the minutest details ; 
but what I learned I did not forget, and could 
always make use of it, or, as ^Ir. Bell once flat- 
teringly said, " could apply in practice what I had 
learned in theory, and make a little knowledge go 
a great way." 

Phil had a wonderful liking for ]Mr. Bell, and 
could not sound his praises too highly ; he often 
said, " He puts me in mind of your father." This 
offended me, for I felt in my heart that there was 
no one to be compared with him. 

" You compare Mr. Bell with my father," I said, 
" but there is no resemblance." 

" Now, don't get in a freeze, Hez," said Phil, 
" for I agree with you that your father is hard to 
beat. I '11 tell you where the resemblance is — 
it 's because they are both of them gentlemen." 



74 FATlIim AdAlXST SON. 

1 had to arkiiowlcd^'e tliat in this I'hil ^vas riolit. 

( )u oui' aii'i\al at iS\'\\lieriu\ uc iouiid tliat 
wi'athcr-lirati'ii and sl(H'[)y-]<i(iivini^' })hiL'e, for a. 
Sdiitlicrn town \'L'ry mncli cxciti'd. 

At least a (hizcn incii, licaded by a liter and 
druiiiiiiei-, were jiaradiny tlic streets, and all on 
hoai'd the hriy- wlm liad heen at Xewherne before 
said that a wonderful liveliness })revaile(h On 
in(juir\- we leai'ned that a reernitinL;' olliee for the 
Confederate army had jnst 1ieen (i])eni'(h 

" WHiat is iliat I'ory" in([nired one of the men 
on the hrii;-: •• what is the matter?" 

'^ Mattel'? Why, ha\'e n"t yon heard the glorious 
news ?"" 

"No," said the eaptain, who ^^■as listening; 
"what is it?" 

"• ^^'lly. Fort Sumter has l)een l)onil)arded by our 
folks, and the fort and the whole Yankee army has 
suri'endert'(l. There was aliont a thousand Yankees 
killed, I reekon, and not one of our folks was hurt. 
"We are going to deelare our independence, and 
raise ;i eompany to light the Yankees if they come 
down this way." 

" lias Ncu'th Carolina seceded yet? " asked Cap- 
tain Zenas, hi a tone of alarm, glancing from stem 
to stern of his brig. 

"No," res[»onded the man, "Imt we won't st;uul 
a Yankee president: we'll go out of the Union 
first : we won't stand it to be governed l)y Yankees 
and niggers, sar." 



AT NEWBKRXE. 75 

"•These folks (tr*' awful excited," said Bill ; '"I 
never lieerd one o" these kind o' loafers make so 
long a speech or put so nnich shout in one sence 
I 've sailed to a Southern ])ort." 

As we were not posted in news of the events 
that led up to the attack and sul)se(|uent capture 
of Sumter, we were greatly astonished, and for a 
time could talk of little else. The sentiment of the 
crew, so far as heard, was that of Union men : the 
general trend of which was that the South Caroli- 
nians nnist l:)e crazy to attack a national fort and 
tear down its ilag. Thougli Jack Tar is not 
thought to he verj' sentimental, he regards the old 
flag with reverence, as representing a government 
that is respected in every port of the world. 

We l)egan at once discharging the remainder of 
our cargo, which among other things consisted of 
some large cases or boxes which I have elsewhere 
mentioned. Wliile being taken from the hold, one 
of these was accidentally broken open, and disclosed 
some of its contents, which consisted of muskets. 

A significaiit look was exchanged among the 
men, but no remark was made except by the first 
mate, who said with a leer, " What a purty cargo ! 
Wonder what the folks at home would say ef they 
knew it." 

Mr. Bell hastily repaired the box, and for the 
first time since we knew him spoke angrily to the 
men for their carelessness. 

Afterw^ards, wliile eating our supper in tlie fore- 



7r. FATHER .[(.AIXST SOy. 

castle, one of tlie men said, '' ( )ui' craft is carrying 
anus f(ir tliese secessionists, an" I 'm goin* to leave 
her AA'lien I git home." 

•' I don't cai'e what tlie cargo is." said a sailor 
\\e called ( )ld UlulT, while eritieallv examining a 
|)ieee of meat he ha<l taken from the mess hid, 
''hnt the gi'iih is stiid^iiT. an" here we are in port 
withont fresh [)i-o\isions. I e"n stan" that slush pot 
of a mate, l)nt I won't stan" such stuff as this,"" and 
lUuff gave a soleuni sniff of disdain. 

'Jdie old salt ^\■as a chronic growler, hut it nnist 
lie confessed that the hiod was very ha(L Who- 
ever feeds .lack Tar seeuis to have a genius for the 
selection of poor •• gruh."" 

(Xiieis of our men gi'owled ahont the lirntality 
of the mate, and with all complaints eoni]»ined 
thei(.' was much dissatisfaction. I thiid'C, however, 
that a kno^\•ledge of what our cargo in part com- 
prised was that over which the men growled the 
worst. I)ill Tarhox said, ''What "r" ye growlin' 
'bont? Most o' y' w"d growl anyway: y"d growl 
ef V* was goin" to he hanged, an" ef y"d nothin" to 
grnndile "hout y'd gruml)le "Ijout that." 

After discharging the cargo we began pntting 
lielow detdc a cargo of Southern products, consist- 
ing, among other things, of barrels of tar and sweet 
potatoes. 

The tirst mate took it upon himself to have the 
small space of the forecastle encroached n[»o)i by 
pntting some of these barrels into the narrow 



AT NI'AVBERXE. 77 

quarters belonging to the men, and these were 
held in place only by ropes fastened to the sides 
of the bunks. 

On Saturday afternoon, when the loading of the 
brig was almost roni[)lottHl. I was sent up-town with 
a note fniui the captain to the oflice of the firm to 
which that poition of the cargo landed at Newberne 
had lieen consigned. Tlie captain said to me, 
'' You can recci})t for anj^thing they may send to 
the ship by 3'ou." 

While waiting in tlie dingy outer office, to my 
surprise ^Ir. I>ell came out of an inner room with 
jNIr. Orton. The second officer, as he saw me, 
spoke in an undertone to the principal of the firm, 
lie then nodded to me pleasantly, and after a cere- 
monious leave-taking with ]\Ir. Orton, as I tliought 
very unlike that of a sailor, he went out. This 
ceremonious manner on the part of the second mate 
was not less observable than wais the air of respect 
and deference in the manner of iMr. Orton to the 
second officer of the " Favorite.'' 

1 delivered the note from the captain. 

" Your captain should have come to the oflice for 
a matter like this," said Mr. Orton, as I thought in 
a needlessly sharp and irritable tone. " There are 
important papers to send on board, which must be 
receipted for." 

I replied respectfull}^ that the captain had said I 
could receipt for anything that was sent to him. 

Mr. Orton glanced at the captain's note again, 



78 FATHER AGAINST SON. 

and said. " I sec," and then, in an al)stracti'd man- 
ner, dnunnuMl on tlic table \\-it]i liis lini;-ers. then 
said, ''Ah' clerk is ont ; c;in v(»n — A\'ill yon — 
^\•l■ite a line at my dictation '/ '" aiid tlicn very c(.»nrtc 
onsly addc*!, •• I nsnally dii'tate to him."" 

I 1)eL;';in to write at Ids dictation, he constant'ly 
I'ct'cri'inL;- to ;i huiidlc of papers ^\•llich he had taken 
irom his s:il'e. and tor \\hich, in (h'tail, I had heen 
writing a recei[)t. TakiiiL;' the }ia[>er in his hands 
he glanee(] it over, and said in a tone of snrprisc, 
"•Yon ^\■l■ile a x^^vy line hand, spell corrt'ctly, and 
pnnctnate [)roperly. — (pdte extraordinary for a 
yonng — man."' 

T })rided myself on the neatness, correctness, and 
ra}tidity with ^\■hich I conld write, and A\'as [)leased 
with a coni[)linient whi(di I knew was not unde- 
served. 

"' IMease sign it,"" lie said, after looking it over 
the second tim(\ 

After going over the papers carefully and check- 
ing eacli one so as to make sure that all mentioned 
were there, T signed it, tied the pajjcrs together, 
and just then the clerk (whose absence had annoyed 
Mr. Orton) came in. 

"Your name is Johnstone,"" he said [)leasantlv, 
"• and T see you spell it as — as — our Johnstones do. 

'" Yes,"" I respondech '' My father is a North 
Carolinian."' 

'• Ah. indeed ? "" he said incpiiringly, and in a tone 
of surprise. 



.17' NEWBKRNI':. 79 

" iNIy father," I said, '"is ]Mr. Rufn.s Johnstone, 
Jr. Do you know the family ? " Instead of answer- 
ing, ]\Ir. (Jrton looked atnie with an air of astonish- 
ment. 

" Uo yon mean to say," said the clerk to me, 
'•that your father is the Rufus Jolnistone, Jr., of 
Pine Groye Hall?" 

'•' Yes, sir," I replied ; •' do you know where he is ? 
We haye not heard from him for quite a wliile ; he 
has been absent from home for seyeral montlis, and 
we don't know what has happened to him." 

I noticed a look of intelligence pass between the 
clerk and his employer — a look such as people 
exchange when they liaye some common thought 
not conyeyed to a third party. Mr. Orton's face 
did not change, howeyer, and he presently said : " I 
heard some time ago that Rufus Johnstone, Jr., had 
returned from the North, but I had not heard before 
that he had a family, so naturally I am a little 
surprised, — but I know very little of the John- 
stones, except what I 've told you, and that only 
from hearsay." 

I attempted to inquire further, but as the ques- 
tions I desired to ask might imply distrust of my 
father they stuck in ni}- throat unasked, and I took 
my papers and with a bow left the office. I had 
not, howeyer, got far when I discoyered that I liad 
left my penknife on the table where I had l^een 
writing, and returned to get it. 

I was at the door, and before I liad put my hand 



80 FATllEn AilAiyST SnX. 

t(i tlu' (ilil-fashioiicd fastening' I lieai'd a voice from 
within saw as if in rontiniiation of a ruiivrrsatioii, 
"Is it tlic one tlial is rcportiMl as goin^ to Ijc niarriLMJ 
to the ( I did not understand tlic lunm-") L;'irl ? "" 

•■ Vcs : and wasn't tliat one of tlu' Jolnistone 
l)o\-s "" — and 1 did not lu'ar tlie rrst of the (|Ues- 
tioii. Tlicn tile sanu' voice, wliidi I t(io]s: to l)e 
Mr. ( )iloii"s, ^aid. '• Tlie liov looks like the fanuly." 

All this time I had heen standing as if in a 
dream, hut now, realizing that I was doing a dis- 
lionorahle act in listcidiig to eon\'ersation not in- 
tt'uded h)r my cai's, I knocked at the door, and then 
at the I'all, •• ( 'ome in." \\'ent in. made my excitses, 
and re(daime(l my knife. 

.\fter I got out of the ollice I found mv thoughts 
husy with the ]iur[)ort of the eoin'ersation I had 
overheard. It ptizzled me. I)id it ha\e any refer- 
ence to me? I will say. in justice to myself, that I 
did not for one moment give to it an inter}>i'etatiou 
which might imply dishonorahle conduct on the 
}iart of my father ; yet I was not una^\■are that it 
wotdd hear sitcli interpretation. I dismissed from 
my mind this standpoint, and at last concluded 
that the conversation I had heard could not refer 
to me. 

When I had delivered the papers I said to the 
ca})tain: "Can yon })ay me my wages and let me 
leave the ])rig here?"" For answer the captain 
stared at me a moment as if he thottght I had lost 
my mind, and turned awav withont otlier answer. 



AT NEWnERNE. 81 

That night I " turned in,"' as sailors term going 
to Led, debating if I Avould not l)etter run away in 
the morning and go in pursuit of my father. 

In the mi<lst of this mental delxxte I fell asleep, 
to l)e awakened hy the call, '^ All-star-how-lines 
alio}'!"' and then I knew it was my watch on deck. 

When I got there I was not a little astonished to 
find that we had hauled out into the stream, and 
were under full sail. 



82 FATHER AGAINST SON. 



CIIAPTi:i{ VJII. 



A STOKM AT SEA. 



It M'iis six ()\'l()i'k Avlicii I ranie on deck in the 
iiioniiu^' \vatcli. Tlie \\iii(l. tlmugli li^'lit, was fair, 
and we Avere already in llie liroad waters of Pandieo 
Sonnd ]n'adt'(l for tlie oreaii ])eyond. 

The eaj)tain sloo(l on tin- weallici' ^'angway, tlio 
mate on the lee side, while the seeond mate stood 
in })laee on tlie \\eather side. 

The niornino-'s A\'ork of A\ashini>- down, eoilino- 
ro})es, and si-ruldjing' deeks hcgan. 

I now learned that the l)rig was short-handed: 
three of the men had rnn awa}' at NeAvherne, and 
tliong'h another had been shipped there as an ordi- 
nary seaman he proved to he hnt little I)etter than 
a green hand. lie liad been hnrt while at work 
the afternoon befoi'e we sailed, and a\;is in his l)nnk. 

It was said that the eaptain had sailed in a hnrry 
for fear of losing more men. 

It Avas obserA'able that tlie manner of the chief 
mate ^A•as more snl)ducd than usnal, from AA"hieh it 
was inferred that the captain had been reading him 
a lesson in priA'ate. 

Discontent ^^■as seen in the faces of the men, 
and they obeyed orders in a very surly manner. 



.1 STORM AT SEA. 83 

Not only were tliev dissatisfied at Ll-Iiil;' sliort- 
liaiided, but also at the eiieroaehineiils on tlu.nr 
(|uarlers : and tluit tliis was a real and not an 
iniaginaiy g'l'ievanre any one fannliar with tlie 
narrow foreeastle (^wliieh is the sailor's only home 
on s!iipl)oard ) \\\\\ understand. 

Phil, who had been observant of the mood the 
men were in, said to me, '• The men don't like the 
Avay things are going on ; they say we are being 
used like dogs. They don't blame the eap'n so 
mueh, but they "re ugly "bout the hazing they 've 
got from the mate. If he "s got whiske}' on l>oard 
they say it "11 make trouble.'' 

Though, as it })roved, tlie mate did have li(|Uor 
on board, and indulged in it freely, trouble, as will 
be seen, did not come wholly from this, l>ut from 
another and an unexpeeted source. 

The weather continued fair, the sun shining in 
unclouded splendor during tlie entire day ; but the 
temper of the men did not accord with the weather. 
They grumbled in dangerous undertones unlike 
the ordinary sailor growl, wliich is one of hal)it 
rather than of deep-seated dissatisfaction. Tlie 
grumbling was general and indefinite in its char- 
acter; there was no special grievance. The men, 
as it were, egged one another on in expressions of 
discontent. 

" Tliis is purty grul) an' a purty craft, an', l)last 
my eyes, a purty lot o' stuff to come to sea witiil " 
said Jim Conklin, glancing at the barrels that 



<S4 FATHER AC; A INST SON. 

eneuni))crc(l tlie fi)i\'rastk', as we sat around the 
kid eatiiiii;' onr dinner. 

"AVliat did y' come to sea f r ? '" said " Spouter" 
(so nicknamed because lie had keen a wlialenian ). 
'•Wliat did y" slii[) t'"r a sliip's dog t'"i'?y" ain "t a. 
man 'lioard here." 

'' Ik'lay there, y" hikkers I "* said !>ill, whoseemed 
to be enik'avoriiiL;- to tui-]i tlieir minds from tlieir 
grievances, and to get them started on some other 
tack. '•'■ See here, mates, I 've seen wus men 'an 
ok Hardin'."" 

"lie's a })urty othcer fr a "/.ample,"" gro^ded 
Conklin. 

'■'• I "11 tell ye. mates.'" continued i>ill, I'ounding 
liis shoulders and assuming a '•yariung" position, 
"" Har(Un" k)st liis only son — fell from the mast- 
head in a gale ; as likely a hoy as y' e\ er see." 

''Took after his dad, I s'pose,"" interrupted 
Conklin sarcastically. 

"As I said," continued 15111, scowling at tlie in- 
terruption, " he was lost off the Cape three year ago. 
Hardin' has n"t l)en himself sence. Then, t' make 
matters wus, he took t' drink. Y" see,"' said 
Bill, turning to me, " when rum gits the least holt 
'f a man, an" then anythin" runs athwart his hawser 
't don't agree with him it don't seem t' make 
him better, as 't would a soljer Christian, but he 
takes t' drink 'til he 's like a craft with a thun- 
derin' big deck-load an' iiothin' in the hold. An' 
when a man takes rum aboard t' drownd sorrer 



A STORM AT SEA. 85 

I 've noticed it gen'lly drownds out en-erytliing 
else that 's good. I 've sailed with Hardin' 'fore 
the mast sev'ral voyages, an' a l)etter shipmate an' 
all 'round sailor I 've seldom sailed Avith. When 
he. got to be fust mate, y' see, he didn't clind) 
through th' cahin AA'inder l^ut got t' th' quarter-deck 
through th' fo'cas'le, an' by hard knocks, an' he was 
a purty fair officer to sail with till he took t' rum — 
for if I lie a common Jack Tar that says it, if y' 
want fust-class treatment y' must sail with officers 
who was somebody 'fore they got to be sailors ; 
men like our second mate an' the cap'n." 

There was a moment's silence as the men ate 
their dinner, and it was evident that tliis attempt 
of Billy to get the men's thoughts on another 
tack was partially successful, but not wholly so, 
as will be seen by the se(piel. 

The weather continued fine all the next day un- 
til nearly sundown, when it began to blow from the 
north-east a very lively breeze, kicking up a rough 
sea. That night the order came, " All hands on 
deck ! " and at eleven o'clock it was, as sailors say, 
" blowing great guns " from north-east to east- 
north-east. 

It was four o'clock before we got the brig under 
easy sail, for in addition to being short-handed the 
deck-load of cotton hindered us, and liesides, the 
men did not work at their tasks with their usual 
heartiness. 

At six o'clock the wind was screaming, and the 



86 i-A'riii:ii acmnst son. 

sea iiMTfasiiiL;', and tin' 1ii'i^' was laLoriiiq' in an ugiy 
and licavv cross sea. nude]- rcft'cd (o[)sails and foi'e- 
sail. In addition to otlirr discomforts it lic^'an to 
I'ain : latci' it tnnuMl to ^l^ct and liail. tlic wind 
stcadilv increasing- all the time. At ten o'clotdv 
ordci's canK' to donMc I'cct' tin' tojisail and reef the 
foresail. 'Idie\- w ci'e fi'o/.eii. and of conise as reeling- 
can oid\" l)e (h me with l)are lull ids it was trying- M'orlc. 
'I'lie iVo/.en can\as \\as like sheet-iron, and to hold 
on to the \-ai-d was \-er\' ditlicnlt : l>ut at last. \\\{\\. 
o\'ei' an honr"s work, we L;-ot tlie I'etd's in and came 
(low II on deed; once more. 

Idiat ni;ght we L;'ot hnt fonr lioni-s below, and 
"when \n\ \vatc]i on ^\vvV came I found the hrig 
lahorin^- liea\'il\' and ^'oini^- at a tremendous |)aee, 
lier eoui-se partially in the ti'ou^-li of the sea and 
]»artially (A'er tlie wa\'es. Such was the situation 
the uext niorniuL;', the wind still increasing', 
>\hen to our astonishment tlie mate ordere<l the 
reefs thrown out of the foi'csaih 

" We "ve g-ot too nutch sail on alreaah'," g-rowled 
Spouter as he sprang- up the rigg-ing following the 
second mate. I foHowing- (dos(dy after. 

It was still eohh and the sleet cut like neeclles as 
it sti'Uck mv face, and at times almost l)linded me. 

At hist we had the sail loosened, and it A\'as 
caught l)v the wind and Ixdlied out hefore the ter- 
rilile gale. 

Wlieii we got on deck we found the mate giving 
other orders, whicdito us seemed still more wild and 



A STORM AT SKA. 87 

iiuiisTia]. ITis face Avas inflamed, his eyes distcmled, 
and in manner lie was very nidike liis nsnal self 
(for with all his sliortcoming's none eonld deny that 
ordinarily he nnderstood the duties of his oHic'e). 

The brig, in spite of her heaA'y cargo, was lean- 
ing over to the gale so that her lee gunwale Avas 
partly under water. The mate had called IVill to 
the wheel, and that was sensible at least. Altliough 
the weather was cold the effort of steering the l^rig 
was so great that l>ill was wet and dripping with 
sweat, when hours after tliis he came down from 
his duties on the quarter-deck. 

'' Keep her off four points,"' ordered the mate. 

" Hi yor, sir," responded Bill. 

As she swung off, witli her bio- foresail l)ellYinar 
out before the gale, it seemed as if the masts would 
be taken out of her. She stuck her nose into a 
tremendous sea, which swept the deck, washing two 
of our men off tlie forecastle hatch, stove in the 
weather door of the cook's galley, and washed 
" King Sambo," as we called the cook (liis name 
was Sam King), and some of his cooking utensils 
into the lee scuppers. 

Distressing as was the situation — one which 
ordinarily it would be difficult to find a subject of 
mirth — I laughed to see Sambo spouting water 
from his thick lips, and crawling to a dry place on a 
cotton Ijale, and with an angry but comical expres- 
sion on his face shake his fist towards liill, as much 
as to say, '• I '11 pay you for this." ^\.nd to a man 



88 



FA Til Ell . I ( Li IX S 7 ' S OX. 



])vkn\' the mast it is no langliiiig matter to lie out 
with tlic ('(((tk. I'oi' ill sucli case lie will be deprived 
of iiiaiix' small faA'ors ( wliicli do not lorik small, how- 
ever, to a t"(uvniast hand), such as the privilege of 
diving his wet clotlies hefore the gallev tire, or o-(4- 
ting a sl\- si[> of coffee or tea, when in the cold on 
de.'k. 

To add to our general ti'ouhle, word came that 
the harrels in tlie forecastle had lu'okeii loose, and 
in so doing t!ie\' had fetched away the siiles oi tlie 
hunks to wliicli tliey had heen fastened, and ha\'ing 
iiotliing to l-reeji thmii in place, tlie contents of the 
hnnks Were spilleil on the de(dv. 

T, ^\•ith others, was sent to secure tlie harrels, 
when \Vi' found some of them were smashed, and had 
s[)read their contents of swi'et }»otatoes, haeon sides, 
and ta.i' on every side: while the unhi'oken. hari'els 
were dancing, chasseeiiig up and down, hack and 
forth, with hams, sweet potatot's, and tar[iaidin hats 
for partners. 

Aftt'r Conquering the harrids and securing them, 
we went once moi'e on de(d<: to find that, in ohedi- 
ence to an order from the chief mate, we were 
ahout to go on the shore tack. 

The hrig was meanwhile going at a tremendous 
pace ; her masts bendiiig, her gura\'ales half under 
water, and her how churning the sea. As we 
vrent slo"wlv around, the hrig, with seeming malice, 
stuck her nose under another sea, Avhich deluged 
the decks ; then as she swung off on the other 



A STORM AT SEA. 89 

tack tlio upper yards to wliicli sails liad just 
been set seemed to bend like l)Ows. The eords' 
cracked, and then with a report like that of a gun 
(heard above other clamorous sounds of the air 
and sea) the yards snapped, and with the sail 
whipped and banged the foremast with angry 
blows. 

The captain, half-dressed (for he had been on 
deck nearly all the previous night, and had been 
sleeping at the time mentioned), rushed on deck, 
gave a sharp look aloft and over the decks, brushed 
the mate aside with a sharp word and manner, then 
thundered out his orders in a hoarse l)ut command- 
ing voice. 

The mate went Itelow ; the men sprung into the 
rigging to obey the orders, and the wreckage of 
spars and sail was soon cleared aAvay. 

The sail was shortened, and though the sleet and 
cold made tlie work very difficult it was quicklj^ 
accomplished. 

I was very cold when I got to the deck once 
more, and was thrashing my hands to get up a little 
circulation, when there came an order to go about 
on the other tack. The weather made the atmos- 
phere thick, notwithstanding the gale, so that A\e 
could see nothing plainly a quarter of a mile dis- 
tant. 

Before the order could be executed there came a 
shock, and then another. Our craft had struck 
bottom ! At first I thoup-ht that it was tlie sea 



90 FATHER A(;AIXST SON. 

LcatiiiL;' ag'ahist liiT, so stvonc;' was tlie force of the 
waxes. 

Tlie stanch lii'ig, however, went about with 
seemingly no otlier niisliap tliaii shippiiiga sea that 
deluged the decks, hut in view of a greater danger 
we did not mind that. 

I had hcen (dinging to the rigging on the weather 
side, almost holding my hreath, hut seeing that the 
brig was seemingly uninjured I hreathed more 
easily. 

The i(dief from suspense was hut for a moment; 
other dangers menaced us. The cr}- went up, 
"^ We "\'e sprung a leak!" 

One can imagine, lint not realize, these awful 
monu'uts as the hrig drove forward amid the fury of 
the storm, while wi' waited h)r — I knew not what. 

Mr. Uell and Willy went helow to sear(di for the 
leak, w hile the men were sent to the pumps. 

Mr. liell Soon came on deck again, and it was 
noised annind that the leak had not l)een found 
on act'ount of the cargo's being in the Avav. 

There Avas then two feet of watei' in the liold. 
''Jdiis was, however, thought to l)e in }tart due to 
tlu' water from the deck. It was for a moment 
thonglit that the pumps were gaining on tlie water. 
The spirit of discontent, if not of mutinv, had dis- 
ap})eared Ijefore a common danger, and the men 
worked with a- will. The lirst officer, however, 
was still stillen. 

Meanwhile the brio- drove forward in the howl- 



A STORM AT SEA. Dl 

ing gale, while the men, occasionally assisted by 
the steward and the cook, labored at the throhl)ing 
pumps. 

All tlie sail on the " Favorite " at that time was 
the reefed main topsail, and this was enough. The 
second mate, the cook, the steward, and even lUar- 
ney, the injured man, were laboring at the pumps 
with desperate enei'gy. But it was useless to 
deceive ourselves longer; the brig was steadily 
sinking. Phil, Sambo, Blarney, and I relieved the 
men at the pumps, while they threw over the deck 
load. Wliile this somewhat lightened the brio- 
the water still gained on the pumps. 

A cloud rested on the captain's usually placid 
face, for he saw that unless something unusual hap)- 
pened the " Favorite " was doomed. 

The brig was hove to, the long-boat carefully 
launched, and men stationed with boat-hooks to 
keep her from being stove to pieces against the side 
of the brig. But the men treacherously abandoned 
their posts of duty and piled into the boat. In an 
instant retribution followed ; tlie boat was broken 
and crushed like an egg-shell by l)eing dashed 
against the brio'. 

I saw for an instant the despairing faces of the 
wretches as they drowned alongside. 

There were now on board only the captain, the 
two mates, Tarbox, Blarney, Phil, and myself. 

"Cast off the boat from the stern davits," ordered 
the captain ; " stand by there and put him (indi- 



92 FATiiEii A<;.[ixs'r son. 

catiiiL;' T)lanle^") in lirst.'" Tn jinotluT instant the 
l)oat was swept away : \u\\y it occnri-r(l I did iLot 
know, Init \\'as told tliat the [)aintcr liad parted. 

TIh'Ii rame tlic ei'\' llial tlie lii'iL;' was lillini;': ;it 
the same time the main derh was ]e\el witli the 
watci', and was swe[»t l)y tlie -waxes. 

The l»riL;' was put alxtut andlieaih'd for tlie shore 
as a last (U's[i('rat(' resort. 

To the landsman the land seems to he tlie only 
place of safety, not so to ihe seaman: to heaeh a 
ship on a sni'f-heaten slioi-e is the last res(ii't. 

The hi'ii;' sank lowi'r and lowta' as she ploughed 
madly tln'ou^h (he waves that threatened to en^adt 
her. It st'emed a mii'aide Ihat we wei'e not swe[)t 
from the de(d<:, or that the hri^' did not siid<. 

Another sound now hleiided with the shriek of 
the winds, the ereakinL;' of the eorday'e and spars, 
and the hissing of the water; it was the sound of 
the surf heatiuy the shore like a eontinuous can- 
nonade. A Ioul;' line of A\'hite and mountainous 
l)reakers foaming' in si'eniiii^- ani^'er was in si^lit. 
"Jdie hri^' plunge*! forward in the increasing si'as 
that indicated shoalinu' water. 



THE WRECK OF THE ••FAVORITE.'" OC 



CHAPTER IX. 

THE WItECK OF THE ''FAVORITE." 

Ltke some mad creature the " Favorite " plunged 
forward, her how now lifted on Mie top of the 
waves and now pitched down into the trongh of 
tlieni. We neared a shore, sea-heaten and seem- 
ingly Avithout hidentations, when there was a 
shout from the lookout. In the coast that seemed 
at first to he hut one stretch of sand-har right and 
left, there was an opening or inlet, and if Ave could 
hut reach this, if the hrig could not he saved, we 
at least could l)each her in comparatively calm 
water. 

But alas for our hopes ! The hrig would not 
answer to the helm. The joyous shout of antici- 
pated safety had hardly left our throats when, 
witli a shock that is iijdescrihahle, tlie '•' Favoi- 
ite '■ struck hottom ; then again and again, with 
awful concussion, making the declvs under our 
feet strain, creak, and groan, and with a harsh 
grating and p(junding sound she was heaclied 
within three hundred feet of the surf-beaten shore. 
The hrig, with perhaps all on board, was doomed to 
destruction ! 

How shall I describe that scene, as she lay 



94 FATHER AdAINST S<)X. 

stranded ainid that tiuunlt of slirii-kiii^- winds and 
I'oaring waves'/ One wlio lias seen the sea only 
in its fair weather and sunshine moods ean know 
little of its wild furv in a slorin. 

As the sea struek oui' doomed eral't with terrible 
Mows, like those of ^'i^antie hanimei's \\-ielded l)v 
the demons of the sea and wind, it eansed her to 
iL;roan like some li\'in;^- ei'eature aware of its dan- 
yei- and learful of its doom. 

The shoi-e was not hir distant: l)Ut the wild and 
dangerons breakers, like a seethinn' caldron, inter- 
vened, d'he chief mate, in a wild manner, and 
with a wildei' look on his hice. I'.vclaimed, "' l^verv 
man h)r himself I "* 

"•No, Ml'. Hardin^-,'" said the caj)tain in re^tly, 
'■'we have a dutv to perform, 1>oth for onrseh'es 
and the ship-owners.'" 

TJie mate, at this re})roof, sluidv away as a dog 
does Avhen menaced hy its master. 

The brig", Avhich at iii'st was head on. liad, by 
tfie combined action of the tide and the thunder- 
ous sea, turned so that ker l)road^ide was nearly 
parallel with the 1)each. and then heeled over to- 
wards tlie land, farther and farther with every 
l)eat of the waves, nntil the decks were very steep. 

""Cut away the masts," slionted the captain. 

In anticipation of this order, the second mate 
had ah'ead}' stationed two of us at the masts with 
axes. In a few moments the stays and lower rig- 
ging were cut, the masts fell with a crash over 



THE WRECK OF THE "FAVORITE:' 9& 

tlie side of the brig, ami the wreck of them was 
cleared away. 

The craft now righted, and, thongh she did not 
keep on level keel, was in a much less dangerons 
position than before. Meanwhile, such was the 
fury of the sea that it did not seem that she could 
hold together for many niinutes. IJnt slie was 
stanchly built and thougli she trembled, groaned, 
and shrieked at every thunderous wave, as if in dis- 
tress, she showed no signs of immediate breaking up. 

" Who of you men will try to reach the shore 
with a line?" cried the captain. "It's our only 
chance of rescue." 

"• I can swim, sir ; I will try," I said. 

"But I am the strongest swimmer," said Phil ; 
" besides, Hez's mother would n't like to have him 
drowned." 

" It 's a man's work, captain, not a boy's," said ^Ir. 
Bell, pushing us rather roughly aside. The cap- 
tain nodded assent, and Mr. Bell tied around his 
waist the deep sea line in such a manner that it 
could easily be detached, and sprung far out into 
the sea. 

We watched him as he came to the surface and 
struck out for the shore. The line was paid out as 
the l)old swimmer rose and sank with each sweep 
of the waves. 

" The nip is coming," said Phil (who was a mag- 
nificent swimmer) anxiously, '' when he reaches the 
breakers ; if he don't understand them, he will fail 



90 FATHER A(;AIXST SOX. 

and liavc to coiiic l)ack, or will'" — and licit' Pliil 
k'I't Ills conidnsioii umitttTcd, for tlie stout swiiu- 
nier liad rcacluMl the surf. 

\Vr saw tilt' L;allant sailor once aftrr lie ivaclied 
tin.' hrcakci's, tlicii we lost si^'lit of liiin. and aft^'r a. 
inoineiit the line loosened and \Aas pulled Itaek into 
th.' In'i-'. 

What liad In^conie of Mr. Hell ? 

It was. !io\\-e\'er. not the time for question hut 
for action. 

l')oth Phil and I now aL;'ain volunteered to make 
the attempt. We had had expci'ienre in s\\ imming 
in rough water and in the surf off IJiverniouth. and 
1)o\s ai'e often hettei' s\\ imniei's than men heeause 
of i)raetiee and agility. 

It was deeiiledthat Phil, who said he had a triek 
of liis own. should make the trial. After stripping 
to his undershirt and trousers he hung the small 
foi'eeastle lam}) Idled with whale oil ainutnd him. 
He had })un(died in the tin lam[» a small hole 
through wdii(di the oil might eonstantly ooze. Tlie 
oil he said would keep the seas from hreaking in 
his hiee and de})ri\ing him of his hreath. 

•• ( ^ood-l)^■. llez," said the hi'ave fellow. '• (iood- 
hv. " I said, shaking his hand, and then he elindx'd 
out on the jih-hoom, and threw himself into the 
sea. 

He came to tlie stirfaee, rose and fell on the seas 
like a sea-foAvl, and swam with a strong strolie for 
the shore. We watehed him lireatlilessly as he 



THE ]]'JU:('K OF THE - FA I'lJlUTE."' 'Jl 

reaclied the breakers, and then after a l)rief strug- 
gle got to Ids feet and went U[) the heaeh. 

A ehecr weld u[) from the hrig when it was 
known that Phil had suei'eeded in reaehing the 
shore, and that eorunmnieatiou with the land Avas 
estahlished. 

Phil began to pnll in the small line, to whieh was 
attached a strong cable, but he pulled very slowly, 
as if he were nu\eh exhausted witli the effort he 
had made in swi-nming. 

After a few moments, however, he begau to pull 
more vigorously, until one end of the cable was, 
after some delay, landed ou the beach. 

'■'• How will he fasteu the cable ? " was a query 
which continually occurred to me, and this proved 
to be the part most difficult to be achieved, for the 
land was a sand}- beach and no trees wei'e near 
to which it could l)e secured. We sa^v from 
the sliore that he could not do this in any case 
without help. The brig was meanwliile strained by 
the sea, that continued to pound and wrench her, 
and there was danger that she might possibly break 
up before the cable was fastened. The captain 
looked at me and I thought I read his wishes. 

As there was the cable with Phil at the other end 
to cling to in an emergency, there was but little 
danger in my making the attempt to reach the 
shore. 

Our ]:)eril, meauAvdnle, was growing greater and 
greater. Every sea swept our decks with terrible 



1»S /'.I 77//-;/,' .I^M/.VN7' ,SV>.V. 

t'ui'\', or laslicd tin- wi'cck with a lorec that en- 
\('l()]i('(l it ill t^iaiii. WliatcviT was diniv must he 
(h>iit' at I iiicc. 

1 tlircw (iff ill V (Miat ami hrx its. ainh hiuiichimn' my- 
self tar out I'roiii the hii^'. sti'Uck out lor the shoi'e, 
liul as I'liil had said." the ]ii|i caiiic "" whrii ! ri'ached 
the hrrakcrs. Ili'lorc I rcachc(l them, however, I 
saw a jiicre of the iiiaiu-to[»mast floatiiiL;' near me, 
and to this I cIuiil;' in order to n'et myself rested 
foi- m\" greater trial of strength \\'liieh was \-e1 to 
come. And then it oeeiirred to me that if I could 
liiit L;'et this spar on shore it would prove iisefuL So 
thiiil<iiiL;-. I struck out vi^'oroush' loi' the ealile, tow- 
ing' the piece of main-top)mast \>\ a rope which I 
had hiund atlache(l to it. 

IJeachiiiL;- the cahle, whicli was hut a short dis- 
tance from me. I swam easily, keeping' one liand 
on the to}imast and using tlu' other to swim Avitli, 
until 1 reaclnMJ the Ineakeis, -which were furiously 
eliasing each other like wild sea horses with wliite 
manes, and I'oaring with savage fury. I liad never 
swum in siicli rough \\ater hefore, and ] confess my 
heart sank as I neare(l the shore. 

It was W(dl that I had saved my strength, for the 
surf was terril)le, and it was hu'tunate that there 
was hut a slight undertow. The first I undei-stood 
sometliing- of from former experiences while swim- 
ming at Rivermoutli. 

^\t last, after two waves in succession had iiurled 
me back and forth to and from the shore, I grasped 



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. THE ]VRE('K OF 171 E - FAVOIinEy 99 

tlie rope attached to the piece of inaiu-t<»piiKist l)v 
one hand and tlie cal)le for snpport Avith the other, 
and got to my feet: l)nt only to lie swept away 
again hy the receding ^vaves. 1 tried once more 
with the same result, then made a still weaker 
effort and failed. 

I now caught my lu'eath. summoned all my 
strength of will, set my teeth, and made a supreme 
effort, for I realized that my life depended on tlie 
issue. The sands gave way beneath my feet, and 
a wave came \\\i\\ a torrentdike force as if with 
malice, and engulfed me. I was gasping for breath 
and sli|)ping away when Phil caught me, at the 
same time exclaiming, "• Let go that rope, Hez ! " 
and dragged me to the beach. 

I lay for a moment getting my breath, when Phil 
said, " What made you hold on to that spar S(_i like 
time, Hez ? " 

" Something to lash the cable to, Phil," I said, 
gasping. 

'•* It 's just the thing," said Phil, "• but was n't it 
just like you to think of it?" 

Then he gave a look, and seeing that the topmast 
had gone adrift and was tossing amid the breakers, 
he watched his chance until it was thrown near 
him, then rushed into the water and dragged it to 
the shore. 

In a short time Ave had dug with our hands a 
deep hole and had fastened the spar into the sand, 
but not very securely, and braced it by holding on 



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FA Tin: J! Af.A/xsr snx. 



lo the i-opf wliicli T lia\(' iiu'iuioiu'd as lieiiig 
attaelied to it. '• It woift liold \ei'v loiii;'." I said 
to Pliil, "liut |»fi'liaps it will liold until sonie one 
can eoine to make it more seeni'e." This d(.)ne. we 
signaled to the hriy that the eahle A\'as reail}'. hut 
at hrst eould y'et no ansM'er. V\\' coidd see, how- 
ever, some unusual conunotiou on Iioard. 

.Vt last our si^-nal, after l)einy eonstantlv repeated, 
was answei'eil. and we [)i'reeived that those on the 
hi'iL;' were I'i^'Lj'inL;' what is known anioUL;' seamen as a 
cradle (a soi't of l)oats\\ ain"s cliaii' ) foi' tlu' [)ur[>ose 
of coniinn' "" !^1""''N <ii' l""i' hrinL;iny anything they 
eould L;'et for oui' neecls. 

In a few monuMits 15111 I'arhox came ashore hy 
jueans of the eahle and cradle, while we held to the 
o-uy-ro[)e with all our strength, and we then learned 
that an a\^■ful tragedy had taken [ilaci^ on the hrig. 
( liill could not swim and was nearly drowned com- 
ing through the hreakers, as the eahle was not verj- 
tight.) 

Mr. Harding had gone crazy, "'lie had," said 
I)ill, '"Ix'en actiu" (jUeer t""r some time "fore and 
after vou come ashore, lint when he run at me an' 
the ca[»"n ^^■itll an axe he'd picked u|i on deck we 
kno\\'e(l he was mad "s a March liare. We had some 
tronhle "n keepin' out "f his -way, 'til he gives a 
yell, then throwi'(l the axe at Cap'n Zenas, an' with 
another yell juin[)ed into the water.'' 

" Was the captain hurt?" I inquired. 

'' Wal," said Bill, '' the axe struck th" cap'n's 



Tin-: WRECK OF THE - FAVORITE:' 101 

leg; lie limps, l)ut says the hurt is o' no conse- 
quence ; "t tir same time I don't like the looks 'f 
his face." 

I)ill had l)rouglit witli him the end of a rope 
one end of which was connected Avith the shi[). 
He at once began to set the spar more securely 
into the ground, and l)race it with rope to pieces 
of driftwood driven int() tlie sand higher up on the 
beach. 

'' The cap'n wants to knoM',"' said Bill, '•' if there's 
any inhabitants near here th't we can git t' help 
us. Whilst we 're tixin' this, s'posin' you run up on 
the high land yender 'n' see hoAv things look, 
Johnstone." 

When I had reached the highest elevation near 
the shore, T saw two inlets, one south, the other 
north of us, not, as I then judged, very broad, 
while west of us there wei'C sand hills with a few 
straggling trees, and beyond them I could catch 
glimpses of water. 

When I reached the shore again Bill and Phil 
had completed tlie work of fixing the spar and the 
cable. I told them that so far as I coidd see ^YQ 
were on an island, and that I could see no indica- 
tions of its being inhabited ; in fact, the general 
appearance would show that there were few induce- 
ments for any one to live there, as the land was 
mostly beach sand. 

" Wal," said Bill, " that 's what the cap'n 
thought, that we was on a part of Hat'ras an' that 



10-2 FAT HER AdAINSr SON. 

this 's (lilt' ()* the islands made l)v tli' Avater In'eaki'.i' 
tlii'ou^'h tir heacli. 'Flic old man's j)lan imw is to 
;j;-it on sliori' sncli stuff "s we '\\a;it t" make us 
conif"!*!)!". an" then "f she holds t'^'t'ther sa\-e the 
cari^o if wf can. I "m ^oin" hack t" the la'iu;' to 
iiclji th'old mall." And the faithful sailor went 
hack to tlic shiji, sa\inn'. "The ^)\^\\x "s |)urt\' hadh' 
I'acdvcd, an" I shaiTt sta\" no lou^'er 'n t' git some 
stuff f"r kee})in" life t'^'ethcr till we e"n git help 
i'r"m the mainland."" 

l-"aithful to that |ironiisc thc\- had hegun to send 
hack the cradle to the shoi'e. It \\as hut half \\'av, 
when tiic cahje jiailcd oi' slipjx'd fi'diii the windlass 
(just how we did not know ) sewring all eonneetion 
with the hrig. 

We could see all this time liurrv and eonuuotion 
on l)oaiil. and the sea l»ieaking' over the doomed eraft 
^vith increasing fui y. Though the wind luid gone 
down, the sea. as is often the ease after a storm, 
had increased rather than decreased in violence. 

•• Si'c that,"' said Phil, '' the Inig ean't stand that 
long ! " 

A sueeession of seas more terrihle than any we 
had witnessed hroke over the Ijrig, for an instant 
shutting her from our sight. 

•• See : " said Phil excitedly. ^' See ! the '' Favor- 
ite " is l)roken in two." 

The captain, as near as we could see, was on the 
(piarter-deck when this occurred, while Bill was at 
the bow. 



THE WRECK OF THE "FAVORITE:' 103 

We saw I>ill trvino- to throw a rope to the 
captain, l)ut he stood like a statue near the wheel, 
without seeming to notice the faithful sailor. 

In a few moments a smother of foam covered the 
severed portions of the hrig. We could see no one 
on the wreck. We had seen the last, not only of the 
'■'■Favorite," Init of its captain and the hrave sailor. 

It was quite dark when this occurred, partly 
because of a cloudy sky, though it did not rain, 
and partly liecause of the a]^)proach of night. We 
strained our eyes for some time in endeavoring to 
see the wreck, and ran along the coast in the hope 
that one or both of tlie men miglit have reached 
the shore, but it was so dark that our endeavors 
were useless. 

"• It 's no use," said Phil, •' I 've heard Billy say 
a good many times that he couldn't swim; an' as 
for the cap'n, I think he didn't care much after 
the brig was wrecked." 

We had no time for grief, and at such times 
people do not mourn ; that comes with freedom from 
distress and with reflection. 

Phil and I munclied some wet hardtack we had 
in our pockets (for until then we had been too busy 
to think much of hunge]'), and then as we could 
not do anything more we lay down and slept as 
only tired boys can. 



104 FAIiniR AiiAlNST SON. 



rWW'YVM X. 
ox A ];Ai;r;i:N sand-p.ai;. 

WnKN I awiiki' ill till' iiinniiiiL;' mv sleep had 
Itceii so pi-dloiiiid lliat at lirst I did Hot reeoo-nize 
my siirr(iiiiidiiiL;'s. nor iviiiciiilx'r tlie oceurrenees of 
the ]»rc\ ions day. I')Ut as I lirard the droning of 
tlic sea. it caiiic l>aek to me like some terrible 
dream. 

I'hil was not in his place hy inv side, hut on 
gclliiiL;' lip I saw liiiii standiiin' on a sand liill near 
by. taking an ol)Sfrvation of the snri'ounding 
country. 

The wind had gone down, the storm A\as over, 
and the sun \\as shining lirightlv. I looked sea- 
ward, but could see no trace of the •• Favoiite," 
and coiududcd that she had gone to pieces during 
the night, and drifted seaward with the turn ()f the 
tide. 

Seeing me awake, Phil came running toward me, 
extdaimiug, "See here, Ilez, this is just your style 
of an island; now you have got it, Avhat are you 
going to do with it '/ "" 

Then 1 remembered the way Phil and I, while 
lying in our cond'ortable l)ed at liome, used to 
imagine ourselves east away on a desolate island; 



ON A BARREN SAND-BAR. 105 

• 

but I felt too serious to auswer to liini in the same 
jocular vein, and replied : 

"You may see some fun in this, Phil, but I 
confess I can't. All our shipmates are drowned, 
and here we are in this terriljle place with scarcel_y 
enoug'h clothes to cover us. There seems nothing 
to do l)ut to di'own ourselves." 

''Now, don't growl in that style, Ilez," said 
Phil, putting his arm over my shoulder. '• You 
know I always said there was no fun in this kind 
of an island, but you always would have your own 
way, and now you 've got your desolate island I " 

The tone in which Pldl said this was so ludi- 
crous that, in spite of the seriousness of our situa- 
tion I had to laugh, and say, " Sure enough, Phil, 
what can we do with it?" 

" Tliat 's what I wanted to hear, Hez," said Pldl. 
" I learned when I was knockiuQ- around in Xew 
York that it was no use for a chap to put on a long 
face in a hard pinch, for it only made matters worse 
and harder to bear ; I was trying to get your 
courage up. You 've got grit enough, — more than 
I ever had, — but I shan't have any if you keep 
on looking as you did a few minutes ago. I was 
trying to keep up my own courage ; you know it 
has run down pretty low after looking around in 
this desolate place for something to eat, and seeing 
nothing but sand." 

"Well, Phil," I said, "you are right, there is 
no use getting down in the mouth. Let 's look 



1 !J0 /■'. 1 77//: A' . I ^'.1 IXST SOX. 

9 

iiroiind ;ui(l sec wlial kind df a country it is l)eforo 
\vt' cnijcliidt' tilings arc liopclcss. Yoii rcnicuil)cr 
father used to say: 'A 1»i'avc man never eives 
u|) until e\erytliiiiL;- is tried, and tlieii lie kee^is 
(in ti-yiiiL;." "" 

'•d'liat"s it. lie/.."" said Phil, with one of liis 
suiin\- smiles, ••and let "s try for sonit.' breakfast 
hrst. 1 "n: hun^i'y ! Pilly said that hi' t]ionL;'ht 
this was llatteras lieaeh: if that is so, Paudieo 
Sound is on the othei' side, not a half-mile to the 
west of us. I eoidd see water frtuii tht.' lo[) of that 
sand-liill. Let 's ljo o\-er and see what we ean iind ; 
there must he clams and oysters, for the water is 
prelt \ smooth tliei'c." 

This IieiiiL;' aL;reed upon, we tii^htened our lielts 
for lireakfast. and set out for exploration westward. 

Let the ri'ader imagine, if he can, our de[)lorahle 
condition. A\'c had on no coats, hats, slujcs, or 
stocd^in^s : nothini;- hut thin trousers and under- 
shirts to co\er our nakedness ; and this clothing' 
Avas still damp with sea water. 

.Vs wi' toiled through the sand and over the hil- 
locd^s \\-e cotild catcli occasional glimpses of the 
water to the westward, and see the kind of land on 
which we had heeii wrecked by the treacherous sea. 

On our left, with the exception of onr island, as far 
as the eye could see the beacli extended seemingly 
without a break. Here and there were sand hillocks 
formed by the drifting of the sand before furious 
A\inds ; on these were a few clumps of scrul>oaks, 



ON A BARREX SAMJ-BAR. 1U7 

while on tlie lower levels the patches of lowland 
were covered by coarse marsh grass. The rest 
was sand, glaring in the sun, drifted l)y the \\\\\{\ 
or wet by the sea; except ourselves there was 
nothing that indicated human life. 

As we approached the western shore of this ocean 
barrier we saw an inland sea, extending north and 
south as far as the eye could reach. Looking west- 
ward we could see land like a blue cloud lying 
twenty miles or more aAV'ay. 

As we approached the sliore a flock of ducks, 
with a sound like rushing wind, rose in the air and 
for an instant darkened the sky. 

''There 's enough to eat if we only had a gun,'' 
said Phil, looking hungrily toward them. 

" Yes," I replied harshly, '• and there, forty miles 
away, is a settled country that we might reach /f we 
only had a boat. If we had a gun, we 've got neither 
a fire nor means of preparing a duck if we shot 
one." 

" Don't be cross," said the dear fellow. '' I 'm 
so hungry I really believe I could eat one without 
cooking ; but we won't scold al)out the cooking till 
we get the duck ; " and Phil made up such a face 
that I laughed, as he no doubt intended that I 
should. 

The tide was partially out when we reached the 
shore. I turned up my trousers and waded into the 
shallow water, while Phil walked and stamped on 
the sand where the tide had receded, looking for 



108 FATHER A (; A IN ST SON. 

clams or other slit-ll-ti.sh that iniylit liave Ijeckled 
thciv. 

T caiiLjht a oral), hut soon discovered it was a 
s})id('r crah and iioti^'dod to cat. I continued wad- 
iiiL;' hack and forth, feeling in the sand with my feet 
and IdokiuL;' out shar}»ly for anything that Avas 
ealalilc. 

" Wc will \r\- a little hiilher iip.'" I said ; •" there 
don't seem to l)e anv o\"sters here: "" and with this 
remark' I staited foi- the shoi'e, AN'lieii I trod on soiiie- 
thini;- shai-ji and hard that made me cry out \\ith 
})ain. I (lid not mind the jiain, however, A\hen it 
hashed upon me that I had often hui't mv feet in 
the same way on oyster shells while \vading near 
lvi\-ermouth. 

I [ilunu'ed my hand irdt) the M'ater and nitid and 
drew otit a (dum[i of hu^'c ovstci's, saving' jovfuUy, 
''Here's our hreakhist. Phil; we shan't Starve, 
tliat's settled: " And I tossed the oysters to the 
shore, where Phil got two stones and Ijroke their 
totig'h sludls Itcfore I cotild reach him. We fotnid 
the oysters delicious, and after eatiny them without 
lieing satisfied avc waded out for more, and soon 
discovered that those I liad already found were on 
tlie edge of a large 1)ed of them. 

After this we found some rottnd clams, or what 
are known as (juahaugs, on the flats. We soon had 
eaten all we wished, and then discovered that we 
were very thirsty, and that we had seen no water 
except sea-water on this desolate stretch of beach. 



ON A BAlini'JX SAND-BAR. 109 

Our hopes and prospects, which had h)oked so rosy 
but the mouieiit before, were clouded by this dis- 
covery. 

At hist I said, "We have been saved from the 
sea, and from starvation, only to die of tliirst, 
Phih" 

" Xo," said he, " we shall find water here ; when 
strong men have been drowned we have Ijeen 
saved, and I liave faith that we shall in some way 
get out of this scrape, Hez. Your marm used to 
tell us we must trust in God. It 's a good time to 
try it now, Hez." 

I made no reply, but was ashamed of my doubts, 
for when I thought of the almost marvelous man- 
ner of our preservation, how could I douljt that God 
had stretched out his hand for our salvation ? I 
was also ashamed that Phil, with less teaching 
than I, had develr)ped more faith than I had. 

We ran around for nearly a half-hour without 
finding water, when we came to one of the marshes 
whicli we had passed and repassed in our anxious 
search. 

" There is water, but of course it is salt," said 
Phil, throwing a stone towards a little pool in the 
midst of the marsh. Thinking of a saying of my 
grandfather, " Never take anything for granted un- 
til it is proved," I went to the pool, scooped up a 
handful of water and put it to my lips. It was 
fresh I Remembering to have seen some large 
clam-shells on the beach, such as my mother used 



110 



FATlIl'Al MiMXST SOX. 



f(ir inilk-skiiiiint'is, I laii and yot two of tliciii, and 
IMiil and 1 draidv oiir lill. 

'1'1iihil;1i till' water was tepid and Itraekisli. I do 
iKit renieiiilter to lia\'e e\'ei' hefdi'e drnnk an\ tliinL;- 
witli sueli a I'elisli. 'Idiis jmihI was no ddubt water 
wliieli in keini;- tillered tln-(»UL;li tlie sand tri»ni tlie 
salt water had liecmiie tresli. Trnly. as I'liil had 
intimated, (ind had showed his pur[»(_)se of pre- 
ser\in^' onr lives I 

*• ludoiv yon ^ot up this nioriniH4\"' said Phik ''I 
felt so discouraged that it seemed that there was 
nothing' to do hut to L;i\e uj). 'Jlien I remem- 
l)ere<l \\liat niariii used to tell me: • Wdien in 
trouhle. i»i';iy." I had forL;'olten ahout it till then. 
l)Ut after this I shall ne\'er for^'et it aii'ain. I 
kneeled down in the sand, tried to [)ray, l)Ut 
eotdd n't think of aiiythiiiL;- to say kut "I'm liun- 
i;rv an" in a ti^ht plaee : [)lease get me out. Loixl,' 
and it seemed that He heard me. for I felt better 
as soon as I began to say "hell) me." I never 
eoidd see an\" use in pi-aying. but I shall try it n()\v 
when in a tight spot.'" 

1 eould n't keep from smiling at Pliil's cnule 
idea of prayer, as sonu'thing ludd in reserve until 
an emergency oecurre<l. Hut at the same time I 
thought to mvself, '"It's the way many gr()\\n-u[) 
])eople do. "Truly," I said, finally. " if we draw- 
near to (Jod he will draw near to us." 

'• We uuist mark this })lace," said IMiil, ''sowe 
will be sure to find it au'ain."" 



ON A DARREN SAND-BAR. Ill 

For tins purpose I broke off a brunch of oak from 
a tree growing near at hand, and stuck it into the 
sand on a hillock near the })0()1 ; and then, to make 
assurance doubly sure, we walked toward the ocean 
in as straiglit a line as possible, and there set up 
another mark so that it could l)e seen from the shore. 

We were no longer blue at the outlook, for, be- 
sides our hunger being relieved, we both had faith 
in an overruling Providence, to which the inci- 
dents of the morning had given practical force. 

AYe reached the ocean and sat for a few mo- 
ments watching the breakers as they chased each 
other to the shore in unceasing succession, and 
then with mournful echoes receded. That morn- 
ing they seemed to be saying, "'- Forevermore ! 
Forevermore I " They had been saj-ing this, I 
thought, for countless ages ; singing a requiem 
for the ocean's dead. 

""What shall we do next?"' I said; and we 
looked into eacli other's faces. 

" It makes me downhearted to hear the sad sound 
of the sea," said Phil, " and I say, let 's get aAvay 
from it and be doing sometliing." 

" Well, what shall we do ? " I said. 

" I am no authority on desolate islands," he said, 
smiling ; ^ you go ahead and I '11 follow." 

I made no response to this sally, for I was in- 
tent on thinking. 

"' The tide is nearly out," I finally said, " and you 
remember that when we were swimming ashore 



112 FAl'IIICR AGAINST SOX. 

tlu' tide (•arri('(l iioillici'lv ii[> llic coast. Sup[)(\se 
\vc follow till' shore aloiiL;' in that direction, and see 
if there is aiiytiiin".;' cast np hv the sea tli.it we can 
nse : iiia\he we shall lind a harrel of hardljread, 
or something' of that kind, Phil!"" 

••It's just thethin^!"" Phil cried ont joyfnlly, 
•• I wonder 1 did n't think of it ! \\v nii^'ht as well 
l»eL;in exjiloi-iiiL;' this place hrst as last and know all 
that can l)e ^ot from it to make ns comfoi'tahle."' 

So we set out. walking' northward on the liard 
heach from whiidi the tide had receded. 

As we ronnde(l a point of land near the iidet not 
a (piarter of a mile from where we started, Ave 
came to a part of the coast that toi'ined a little hay, 
where. lookiiiL;' northward, we saw a [lortioiL of tlie 
liri^;' dee[)ly suhnier^'ed, l>nt with the how protrud- 
ing' fi'om the water. An ol)ject on the flats near 
the inlet arrested our attention. It looked to lis as 
if it was a Iol;' or a hn^'e hundle, hut we ho[)ed it 
mi^ht he a hamd of liread. 

.\s we ap})roached it, an unspeakal)le and name- 
less (diill crt'pt ovei' us. 

'^riie same dread was reflected on hotli our faces. 
Neither of us spoke, hut we drew closer to each 
other and shuddered. It was a human form; that, 
doubtless, of one of our former shipmates. We 
walked slowly and in silence toward this dread 
ol)jt'ct. l>oth of us stop[)ed a few paces from it and 
looked once more in each other's faces as if for a 
renewal of courao-e. 



ox A DARREN SAXD-BAR. 113 

'' It "s got to l)e done, Phil," I at last said, and 
then, encouraged Ijy the sound of my own voice, I 
hastened over the few intervening stents and stood 
beside it. 

It was the lifeless body of poor Billy Tarljox ! 

'' Poor Bill I " was all we ccnild say as we gazed 
at the inanimate form, swollen, and disiigured by 
the waves' cruel buffets. 

'■'■ Dear old fellow I " said Phil, " he was such a 
good, faithful man I Don't you remember his say. 
ing that a sailor nuist be prepared to face every- 
thing, and make the best of it ? " 

" Yes," I said ; " and I heard him say he could n't 
swim, and if he could, he should be drowned just 
the same if it was so fated. He said he had been 
shipwrecked four times, and when men who could 
swim had been drowned he had been saved." 

" We must bury the poor fellow," I said ; " we 
can't shirk a plain, but terrible, duty like that.'' 

Before burying him, we took from his feet liis 
shoes and stockings, also took his large silver watch, 
and his oil jacket, and trousers, removed his belt 
and sheath knife (which a sailor always wears, l)ut 
we had removed ours from our persons on preparing 
to swim ashore). We also felt in his pockets in 
hope of finding a flint and tinder box. Phil had 
heard Bill say he always kept by him tlie means of 
lio-htino- a fire ; and that even should he be cast 
away on a whale's back he could cut a piece of 
the blubber and start a fire with it. We found 



1 14 FA 771 ER A ( / .1 IXS T S ON. 

nothing- to jnstity this Ixiast. A fish line, with 
sinker and Ikki]-;. and a (bill jioelvet-knife A\'ere all 
tliat \vc Iniiiid tlieiH'. 

Al'tc]'this w'c scodprd with our liai'c hands a liole 
in the linisesand far ahoxc hig'li-water mark, and 
to this \\r carried liini, and thei'e we hoth knelt 
and I [ii-ayrd — not very formally, l)nt in a heart- 
fell manner. Then eoveriny him with sand we 
tnrned sadlv away. 

•■It"s hard on ns. we eaiTt do more,"" said Phil, 
"hilt I know l)illy wonld say we did the hest we 
eoiild.'" 

Alter this we turned onr steps tOA\ard tlie por- 
tion of the "h^ndiite "" of Avliieli I have l)efore made 
mention. It }iro\(Ml to he in deeper \\ater tlian we 
could reacli -without swimming, and as the tide ran 
^\■itll great swiftness near tlie shore we decided that 
it Mas dang-erons to undertake t<» reach it. 

It was this inlet that caused the curient to carry 
us ill this direction when \\e A\ere swinnning 
ashore, and which afterward earried the Avreck to 
tliis place. 

Al)out a lialf-mile away there Avas a eontinna- 
tion of the barren sand-bar. The tide was rising 
and the Avater was pouring I'apidly tlu'Otigli this 
nariow inlet. 

There was no appearance of an\' human habita- 
tion on the otlier side and so we followed the shore 
around the iidet to the Avest. 

Here A\e made two discoveries ; on a sand-bar we 



ON A BARREN SAND-BAR. 115 

found a fragment of an old sail, and at anotlier 
point a liani, which, as it was covered with thick 
cloth, we knew to l)e a part of our cabin stores. 
After this A\e found se\eral small things, the most 
valual)le of which was a demijohn covered with 
^\"icker-^vork. 

"' It's the mate's wliiskey bottle," I said. 

'sJnst the thing to keep water in; don't throw 
it," exclaimed Phil as I made a motion, at the 
first impulse, to cast it back into the sea. 

Later we found a piece of the hatcli partly- 
covered l)y seaweed. This we threw^ out of the 
reach of the tide, not knowing what use it might 
sometime be to us. 

We now retraced our steps luitil we reached the 
place we had started from in the morning, wdiicli 
was not more than a half a mile away. We were 
encouraged by the results of our morning's work, 
for we now had several things to make our life 
here more endurable. 

Phil had begun to ^\'hittle from a piece of tlie 
topmast which he had split off, with Billy's sheath 
knife, which was very sharp. 

" What are you doing tliat for? " I said. 

" We 've [/ot to have a fire in some way," he re- 
plied, " I do n't know exactly how." 

" You do n't expect to start one by the friction 
of whittling, do you? " I said derisively ; then added, 
"• I would n't fret just at present, Phil, for there 's 
no chance for a fire, as I see. I wish we had some 



IIG 



FAT 111:11 AC A INST SON. 



kind of a sliadr, tlie sun eomcs as throuu'li a l)urii- 
iny-u'lass."" 

Pliil at this jniiip('(l to liis feet \x\\\\ a veil, 
cxclaiiiiiiiL;-. •• W'r "il lia\c a lire lie/., liui'i'ali ! "' 

I looked at IMiil lliiid^iiiL; lie liad i^diu' mad, until 
lie tool-; out tlic crxstal ot liilTs ^\■at(■ll, and said, 
•.•llcn'"s a liuriiiuL;'-L;'lass ! "" IMiil. with tliis. toiv 
tVoui tlic haul sonic oily |ia})i'r A\hich ^\'as now dry, 
and then tor a half hour sat iiaticntly trying to 
start a tire. Tln'rc soon ^\-as a smoke in l■^■id(■n(•e, 
hut no tii'c. It was iuipossihle to make a hla/.e 
with the i;lass, though the [nijier was seorehed and 
charred. 

\\ last I'liil threw tlie n'lass from liim in ang'er 
saving, "It's all liumhug, the things \\-e read in 
hooks I 

Afterwai'ds we tilled our demijohn with M'ater, got 
some oysters and (dams, and with a piece of raw 
ham made out (jiute a su})per, — itsing large clam 
shells (which W(,' found in ahttudance ) for plates 
for our oysters. After this we gatlieu'd a large 
quantity of the dried marsh grass and made a l)ed 
in a }>lace sheltered from the ■wind, using the piece 
of old sail for a hedspivad, M'itli })oor Bill's oil 
clothes and pea-jacket underneath to keep us dry. 

Then, after our old manner, we Ijegan to discitss 
the events of the day. and, among otlier matters, 
how we shotild get otf from this desolate sand-key. 

"We have never l)een far to the southwa.rd,"" 
said Phil, - and how do we know luit there are 



ON A BARREN SAND-BAR. 117 

people living- here. People must come here to fish 
and hunt, anyway." 

It was agreed, hefore we went to sleep, that on 
the next day we would explore to the southward as 
far as possible. 

Soon after we reached this conclusion we were 
fast asleep. 



US 



i'Arjii:n a<.ai y s i ■ ,s ox. 



ClIAPTi:i{ XT. 



AVE MAKE ])lS('(tVEi;iES. 



l^Ai;LV ill the iiioriiiiiL^' we l>L'g';iii prepiirations 
l'i;r our j()unn'\'. \\'e awit fully (IcttTiniiiLMl not 
to iTtui'ii umil A\c hail niadi' a tliiiiou^'li cxploi'a- 
tidii aii<l ItMiiicil wlicix' this saii<l-l)ar tiTiniiiatt'd, 
(ir IouikI its iiihaititaiits if thfiv wciv any. With 
tlK'si' ivsnliitiniis. we gatlirivd ii|i cvrrytliiiig (.)t' 
(Uir in-diici'ty that it \\as practiralilc tnr ns tu carry, 
as it was possihk- \\"(.' might not rutuni tu this plaer. 

At I'liihs siiggc'stiiju wf SL't ii[i till' tdpinast on 
the liluiV near the orcaii. with the camas w"c had 
iuuiid llying IVoni the top as a signal (if distress. 
AW' also scratched on the mast a few words, so 
that an\- one coming upon it would know of ou.r 
whereabouts. \\\' lilled oui' bottle with A\ater, as 
we did not know that A^e should he al)le to hnd a 
sup[)ly on our way. To carry ottr food, which con- 
sisted of ham, o\"sters, and clams, A\"e cut off the 
bottom of the legs of Hilks (lil trousers and fastened 
up one end with twine; and as the trottsers were 
very wide they made excellent l)ags, or haver- 
sacks. We carried these bags by straps over ottr 
shoulders. The stra[)s were made by cutting Bilks 
wide belt in two. lengthwise. 

The larger p(_trtion of the ham, wdiich we luid 



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not sliced, we put into a hole at the foot of 
the topmast, after carefully wrap})iny' it in dried 
grass and covering it with stones. Over these we 
laid the hatch (of Avliieh I have elsewhere made 
mention) and covered the whole with sand. Hav- 
ing made these preparations, and others which 
are too unim[>ortant to mention here, we started 
out on our explorations. 

As we hegan our journey the sun rose in un- 
clouded splendor, and such is the elasticity of 
youth and health that, notwithstanding our environ- 
ment of hardship and the dreary stretches of sand, 
we were liopeful, and hegan our prospecting tour 
with a certain spice of enjoyment. We determined 
that, at short intervals, one of us should go to 
the top of the hluff to make oljservations of the 
countr}', that wo important feature of it might 
esca[)e our attention. 

We saw several red foxes, and as they were un- 
disturhed hy our presence we felt assured that there 
were no inhabitants there. 

We had not traveled along the hard-heaten 
shore more than an hour when w^e came to the 
limits of the sand-har. A strait a half-mile or 
more in width separated us from a continuation 
of this stretch of desolate barren beach. The 
whole island we judged to l)e aljout two miles and 
a half long. We went to the top of the sand-hill 
and gazed on the opposite land, but saw no signs 
of dwellings or of man's presence there. There 



1-20 FATiiini A(;aixst so.\. 

-was IK) soniul except the sereech of sea-gulls and 
the roai' of the hi'cakers. 

For a h'w iiioiiieiits we sat in silence on the 
l)luff. gazing across the strait to the o})posite land, 
oppressed l»y the dreary outlook that confronted 
us. We now knew that ^ve A\ere on a sand-ljar 
encompassed hy A\'ater. 

The tears came to Phihs eyes and lie lihtlthered 
otitrighl, wliile I felt my heart siidc like lead, so 
oppressed was I liy tlie situation that now A\as a 
eertaiiitv and not a surmise. 

Finally Phiks face cleared, and he said. " Ilez, 
this /.s- your kind of an island, and 1 wash my 
hands of it. old fellow I "' 

•• Had we helter swim across to the other side?"' 
J said. ••There may lie people living there, and if 
there are none A\e are no worse off there than we 
are here." 

•• Well, Ilez," said Phil, ••you hare got courage, 
l)Ut I feel as gloomy and hopeless as can he. There 
seems no chance to get away from here." 

••I dou"t feel Aery ho})efttl myself, Phil," I said, 
••hut we are no worse olT than we were this morn- 
ing, and A\e know now just how the land lies. I 
shouldn't wonder if there were peo})le living on the 
other side of this strait, after all."' 

Though I said this to kee}) tt[) my own courage 
as Avell as Phiks, it afterwards proved that in this 
random remark 1 had hit somewhere near the truth. 
There were hshermen"s huts beyond land that was 



WE MAKE DISCOVERIES. 121 

in plain sight from where Ave sat so despondent 
and gloomy, and we shonld have fonnd no great 
difficulty in crossing the strait. 

After a moment we began to walk to the west- 
ward along the shore. We saw here several shoals 
of fish, but they were a kind called bony fish, and 
though Phil was eager to try to get some of them 
I knew we couldn't cook them if we were so fortu- 
nate as to get them. 

We skirted the strait and reached tlie shore of 
the sound, wliere we found oysters and clams in 
profusion, but we had no immediate need of them. 
We wandered over the entire sand-spit. 

It was al)out twelve o'clock when we came to 
a little spring in the sand, which we found to l)e 
clear, cold, and remarkably pure. 

In the vicinity was a number of stones, evidently 
brought there by some one ; on one of them I sat 
down. 

Phil threw off the oil coat which he had been 
wearing, and as he did this he exclaimed, ^ What 's 
that?" 

I looked up inquiringly, when he explained l)y 
saying, " I heard a sound when I threw the coat 
down — a sort of a clink like a piece of money." 

" You imagined it, Phil," I said. 

" I don't imagine things, Hez," said Phil. " It is 
you who hear and see tilings that never existed ! " 

I picked up the jacket and began to look it over 
carefully, for I kncAV that Phil's imagination never 



122 FArni:R AaAiysr son. 

](.■(! liim astiMv as mine soniotiiiics did luc : l>nt I 
could liiid iiolliiuL;'. sd tlnvw it ou a stout:', and 
tlu'ii I too lieard a iiictallic (diid< wliicli awakriuMJ 
WW cui'iosity as it liad I'liiTs. 

" There is souu'tliiiiL;' tlieiv." I said: and witli 
tliat licL;'an to search tlie L;arnu'id onet' more. 

'■ It "s all inooiishiiie ! Tliere's iiotliiuL;' ill tliat old 
Coat Itut \\\\\\.{ we see."" and with tliis hall'-(iiicru- 
lous remark 1 passed the coat to my I'i^ht liaiid. 

"'Idle eoat is haunted. I guess," said Phil jo- 
costdv. " for w'e lioth can hear something that we 
can't see."' 

I. ho\vc\'er. was all excitement just tlien. for my 
right hand had come in contact with a hard std> 
stauce that might explain the clink. 

I 'nder and just inside the arndiole of the riglit 
slee\e I found a little pocdvct. closed l)y a flap which 
was sewed dtiwn : this I quickly ri]>ped with the 
knife, hut found the pocket also sewed tt}i, and 
oiled over like the I'cst of the coat. On cutting 
the stitches away, I fottnd inside of the little 
})ocket a packet al)out three inches long, wra})ped 
and stitclied in oiled silk, which, when divested of 
its covering, proved to he a metallic case sectirely 
closed, and containing matches that were as dry as 
on the day they were placed tliere. Very few 
people, except those Avho have been without fire 
under similar circumstances, can I'ealize our joy at 
the discovery of these matches. 

We quickly gathered some dry grass, and some 



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dry scrul>-oak limbs from a clump of trees \\lii(li 
grew near l)y, and started a tire, at tirst for the 
mere novelty of it, but on second tliouglit ^ve con- 
cluded to cook something for our dinner. 

We sharpened sticks and on them fixed pieces of 
l)acon, and after l)ro\yning one side of the Ijacon 
by holding it oyer the l)laze Ave put an oyster on 
it and held the other side oyer the fire, thus cook- 
ing the bacon and \yarming if not fi'}'ing the 
oysters. 

"We made, as we then thought, a royal dinner; 
for what Avas lacking in our cooking was made up 
by fine appetites, such as I doubt if any king on a 
throne ever had. If there is any blessing that I 
then had the loss of wliich I lament at this day, it 
was that fine appetite. In looking back to that 
time I think I never enjoyed food as I did then 
and there under the lilue southern sky, with pure 
water for our drink. The feast is truly in the 
palate. 

After eating our fill we sat there talking, and 
laughing, even, for some time. AVe filled the 
water-bottle from the spring, and left the fire as 
regretfully as a miser leaves his gold l)ehind. 

"I shall always feel grateful to Bill for these 
matches," said Phil, " for they seem just like a 
gift from him." 

"Yes," I agreed, "this match-safe and its con- 
tents, preserved so marvelously, is the result of 
Bill's forethought and experience, and justifies his 



124 FATURIl ACAIXSr SON. 

saying that lie liad tlie incaiis of kindling a fire 
always \\\ lilm."" 

We liad not gone niori' than a Imndred yards 
from the spring when IMiil, pointing aliead of ns, 
exelainied. "' Looh : theiv "s a honsi' ! "" 

Snrc cnoHgh. a short distance alicad tliere pro- 
trndcd a chiinncy from l)ehind a sand-hill. We 
hnrried toward it : l)Ut fonnd it was only a chim- 
ney. ()nr disap[iointnient Avas great, for it had not 
occurred to ns tliat there might lie a tdiimney 
without a latusc. or a house without any one living 
in it. 

As we came to it we found that 1)csides the 
ehinnu'V tlicre remaine(l only a h'\\' wcatlicrd»eaten 
lioards and joists, a door, scatti-red [)ieees of I'usty 
tin, and a lew shingles. 

"•It was a A\reck-liouse," said Phil: ''it was 
blown down, [tcrhaps. and ])eo})le \\\in have heen 
here at dilfercnt times have used the fragments 
for firewood."' 

The reason wc had not seen it l)efore was that 
it was hidden between two sandhills, so that look- 
ing from the ocean to the sound one could not see 
it, and so though it was near wliere Ave Avere cast 
on shore we had not stund)led ujion it before. 

" ]More likely they Iiave carried aAvay parts of 
it,"' I said. " I liave noticed it is the nature of 
some people to cany off or desti'oy Avliat they can't 
use, and very likely that AA-as done in this ease." 

Phil Avent to the fireplace and scraped out some 



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of the ashes and said, "See here!'* and Avith that 
showed me a lot of nails. " You see by this," said 
he, '' that it is as I said. They have been using- it 
for firewood."' 

''Yes," I said, *'aiid perhaps they were poor, 
shipwrecked ])eo[)le like ourselves." 

" I "11 tell you, Phil, what we had better do," I 
said, after a moment's th(HTgiit ; '' we will build a 
little shanty right u}) against tliis chimney. It is 
near the spring, and it is convenient to both the 
ocean and the Sound ; it is sheltered from the wind, 
and there is that clump of scrul)s near the spring, 
— that will be convenient, too."' 

Phil agreed with me, and said. '• Yes, and people 
will come here for water and wood, and those 
who 've used the fireplace once may come here 
again." 

Although we had been favored with fair weather 
since the storm in Avhich aa'C had been cast away, 
we knew that we could not reckon on it for long. 
So we agreed to begin the construction of a hut at 
once. 

With this in view we began to clear away a 
space near the chinmey. In doing this work, under 
the debris we came u])on an old rusty fry -pan, 
which, though broken at one side, was to us like 
gold, so valuable was it for cooking. " We 're set 
up in housekeeping now," exclaimed Phil joyfully; 
" we 've got a place to cook, matches to kindle a 
fire, and a fry-pan ! " 



126 FATHER AfiAIXST SON. 

Before dark, so earnestly had we \voi'l.:ed, \\'e liad 
not only cleared the space needful for onr hut. hut 
had gilt together all the nails and pieces of joists 
and hoards, and arranged them foi' our \\'oik in the 
morning. 

Not until this did we kindle a fire and eoolc S(»me 
oystei's and hacon after our old hishion. tor tiie 
l)roken fry-pan would need to have a good deal of 
rust scoured from it l)efore it was ht lor use. 
AVhen we awoke in the morning we wrw so eager 
to hegin our house that though we had hut a few 
oysters we felt Me could not then spend time to 
gather more. 

.At lirst we had ])lanned to l)uild up the sides of 
onr hut with s<'awee(l, hut Hnalh' deeiiled (as aac 
hoped to he detained hut a slioi't time on this 
island, and as warm weatlier was near) to huild 
only a temporaiy shelter that would keep us di'v 
and warm in ease of a storm. 

For this purjiose we shai'}iene(l the }M)int of one 
of the joists, and digging down to the (day set the 
joist into the ground as solid as possilile, opposite 
and ahout nine feet from tlie (diimney. This up- 
right stood ahout seven feet out of the gi'ound, and 
on tins we had })lanned to [)ut one end of a joist 
and fasten to it for a ridgepole. It puzzled us for 
a time, however, Ik^w to tix the other end of tlie 
ridgepole to the ehimney. We could drive another 
stake, to be sure, hut it would he in the way of our 
hreplaee. Finally Phil proposed that we knock 



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out one of the bricks in the centre of the cliinmey 
at the desired height, and in the hole thus made 
insert one end of the joist. 

Phil got on my shoulders, and l)y scratching 
away the mortar with a nail, and then pounding 
with a stone, the hrick was finally loosened. 

It was noon l)efore the ridgepole was fastened, 
and as we were tired and hungry we set to work 
to get our dinner. 

We scoured out the broken fry-pan, opened some 
oysters and fried them, and soon had one of the 
most appetizing meals we had had since we were 
shipwrecked. 

Before night came we had got the piece of sail 
from the topmast, attached pieces of rope to each 
side of it, thrown the canvas over tlie ridgepole 
and fastened it to the ground l)y pins, and had a 
very comfortable tent that would protect us from 
rain and wind. 

During the week that followed, though it rained 
several times, we fixed up the space left open on 
each side of our chimney l)y driving into tlie 
ground pieces of board which we split with our 
knife, and then, using the twigs for wattles, w^ove 
them in and out like basket-work (though very 
roughly) between these stakes, with the long beach- 
grass for filling. As this did not keep out the w^lnd 
we gathered seaweed, which lay in almndance on 
the shore, and, as we were not particular about the 
looks of our house we filled in the crevices w4th 



1-28 FATHER AGAINST SOX. 

tliis and piled it np a^'aiiist tlic sides. Tlie otlier 
end of the tent we l)uilt up in the same waw lea\-inL;' 
a space so tliat we eouhl put np the (hior from tlie 
inside. We also lianked U[i the sides of the tent 
with sand. 

There still, however. remaintMl at each end. near 
the to}) of our roof, an open space wlii(di we conld 
not hnd means to close except imperfectly: but we 
e(.)nsoled ours(dves. l>y sayiny that holes \\ere need- 
ful for ventilation. 

After that we laiilt a slee[»inL;'-l»nnl\. and also set 
the hatch upon four stakes for a tahle. and then we 
felt that if our sui'roundinLjs were not very nice or 
elegant they were at least comfortahle. 

While engaged in hnilding our hut (and it took 
us several days), we kept a shar[i lookout iV)r lisher- 
men, or foranv one ^\dlo might \'isit this [ilace. 

As we had a fish-hook and line we made several 
attem})ts to cateh fish, but without success. Phil 
faeetiouslv declared that the trouble with the hook 
was. "it was too small for an anchor and too large 
for lish." 

Shortly after we had got tlie roof to our tent 
pitched we went to the northern end of the island, 
with some clams for l)ait, to try once more for hsh. 
Phil, on the way. had found a small dead fish, 
which, for fun, he fixed to tlie hook, unknown to 
me. When at the strait he threw the liook and 
fisli into the water and excdaimed that he had 
catight a fish, but I saw ])V his manner that he was 



WE MAKE DISCOVER//' S. 129 

trying to play some kind of a joke on me : l)ut in 
another moment there was a great wliirl, the line 
tightened, and Pliil Avas red in the faee with ex- 
citement and exertion. 

" It 's a big one, Phil I " I said, fully aroused. 
" Play him as you would a trout, or your line "11 
break." Finally, seeing that Phil did not under- 
stand what was required, I took the line, and after 
a struo'gle of several moments I landed a largfe 
striped bass, Aveighing, I should judge without exag- 
geration, not far from thirty pounds. 

We were very exultant OA^er tliis l)ig fish, as AA'e 
carried it to our hut and prepared it for cooking. It 
was delicious eating when fried with ham fat. The 
portions Ave did not eat we prepared for drails Avith 
Avhich to catch other bass, or blue-fish, and thence- 
forth Avere seldom Avithout this kind of food. 

Shortly after this, Avhen aa^c Avere out on one of 
our prospecting tramps, Ave saAV a schooner in the 
Sound; but though Ave shouted and signaled by 
SAvinging our jackets she kept on her course Avitli- 
out seeing us. 

This incident made us very despondent, instead 
of encouraging us as I now see it should have 
done, because it shoAved that vessels occasionally 
passed through these watere. At no time since Ave 
Avere cast upon this place were Ave so doleful as over 
our failure to attract the attention of the people on 
board the schooner. I perhaps Avas tlie more dis- 
couraged for some reason Avhich I did not then 



180 



FATHER AGAIXSr Sr>N. 



iiii(l('i'st;iii(l. I was luiaccduiitiilily drpressi'd, and 
lacldiiL;' ill slrciigth and energy. 

At aiKitliiT liiiu' A\n' cainc t(i a |tlaee on tlie sliore 
of the Siiunil wliiMc tlii'iv w'ci'c trai-ks ot nu-n's 
feet in tlic sand, as if a iiaity liad Lnidfd there 
hut a slml-t time hefoie. We ran aiiHind the 
island lil^e <listi'aele<l ei'eatures. slionlinM' and eall- 
in^', in liopes tliat s(»ine of the men \\'ei-e srill there : 
hut all in \'ain. 

At aniither time, \\liile eodkini;-, we heard the 
Sdund (if I'itles or shot-^■uns. and I'ushed out ex- 
jieclim;- that our delix'erance was at hand : liut it 
was ft»,L;',L;y on the Soun(h and thounh we shouted 
and liallooe(h no one ans\\('re(l the call. 

Thus it came to pass that though we were not 
sui'fei-iuL;' from hun^'er. or tliii'sl, or cold, A\-e were 
in greater meidal (hstress than we A\ere wlien suf- 
feriui;' all of these ills. 

This showed me that truth A\'hieh lias often 
since heen einphasi/AMl in my life, that the inflitence 
of AN'orry and fret over imaninary hardslnps, and 
forehodings of ills that often ne\er come, are to 
physical hardships as two to one. Later in life 
I ha^■e learned that each moment is complete in 
itself, and hihiL;s only its i)wu ills. 

One moridng Ave heard heavy liring in a south- 
erly direction. This excited us very much. 

*•' There are men w hei'c that firing is," said Phil, 
"and I say we A'e stayed here long enough. Let's 
leave ! " 



WJ'J MAKE DLSrOVERlES. 131 

" Well, what is your plan ? " I askt'd. *" We can't 
swim across tlie Sound; and we might as well try 
that as to swim where the tide runs as it does at 
either the north or the south strait." 

" What 's the matter with a raft ? "" said Phil. 

'' I h;\ve n't thought of it hefore ; I helieve I 
should have tried it before this if I had," I huml)ly 
confessed. 

" We'll try it now, then, if you think it a o()(,d 
plan,"' said Phil. '' Let 's start across the south inlet 
and get out of this at once." 

After talking it over we decided to start the next 
morning early, devoting the intervening time to 
preparation. 

Under this incentive I roused myself to make an 
effort, but said to Pliil: " Phililnister, for some 
reason I don't feel interested in anything that 
requires get-up-ativeness. I don't seem to have 
much energy or strength." 



132 FATHER AGAINST SON. 



CHAPTER XII. 

WE (4];()PE IX DAIIKNESS. 

Eai;ly in the iiioniini[r ^ve Ih'^uii to convey to 
tlie strait the materials for oui' I'aft. In this work 
we traveled on the ocean side just l>elo\v hi^'h-water 
mark, where the sand was as jiard as a maeadam- 
ized road. 

IJythe time we liad o-ot the door of onr hut to 
the south strait 1 fouud myself tired and heated. 
As I had till then l)een strong and A\ell, 1 did not 
attach to niv indisposition any other meaning ex- 
cept fatigue. So 1 ke[it at work without men- 
tioning my sensations, otlier than to say that I 
was tired. 

AVhen at last ^^•e liad, Avitli great labor, got all 
our materials for the contem})lated raft to the })lace 
where we were to emhark, on putting them together 
we found that the raft would not carry even one 
of us. We were greatly discouraged at this, and 
I was on the })oint of advising that we return to 
the place of our old hut and give u[) the atteni])t 
to get away. 

After looking across the narrow strait Avistfully 
at the other shore Phil said, ''If you Avere n't so 
awful down in the mouth, llez, I should say our 
best plan in any case, wdietlier the raft would cany 



WE GROl'E IX DARKXESS. 133 

us or not, would be to strip, put our clothes and 
other stuff on the raft, and s\A'ini across, pushing the 
raft; for don"t you see, old fel', avc couldn't paddle 
the awkward thing, even if it would carry us and 
we had good paddles, and we have n't got anything 
that is like one." 

I recognized tlie force of Phil's remarks, and 
mechanically began to take off my clothes, and 
Phil, understanding my act as a tacit assent to his 
intimated proposition, follow^ed my example. With- 
out another word we \\aded into the chilling cur- 
rent and, iJUshinQf the raft l)efore us, be ran to 
swim. 

At first the chill seemed to penetrate to my very 
marrow, but after swinnning a few yards a reaction 
set in and I was somewhat warmer, but still had to 
force myself to action. I did not understand that 
this might mean the beginning of a serious sick- 
ness, for I had always been strong and well, and 
therefore could not understand that I was anything 
but indolent. 

The sky was overcast, and that had, as I thought, 
some influence in causing me to feel depressed. 

"What's the matter?" said Phil, while puffing 
and blowing and looking very red in the face. 
" There don't seem to be any git in you, and this 
raft 's going out to sea just as fast as the tide can 
take it ! We 've got to put on more steam, Hez, 
or we won't fetch the other side of tliis little 
brook." 



134 FATHER AdAIXST SnX. 

I then saw tor the lirst time that a strdiio- current 
^^■as cai'iTin^i;' us dcranward. I put on a spurt, hut 
WT still eontiiuiril to drift to\\ar(l the niouth of the 
strait. 

"It \\-on"t do!"" cxclaiuu'd Phil, ratchini;' his 
hi'catli and lool^iuj^ srariMl. •• Wc nii^ht as wull 
turn ha(d< and L;'ct ashore while ^\■e can."" 

"It must d(»."" I said, now fullv ai'oused to our 
daUL^cr. •• We nii^'hl as well l;o to sea ^\■i^h the raft 
as to l;ii ;isliore w ithout onr cdothes. 

I'.ul lhoUL;li ni\- words cx])i-esse(l conlideiice and 
couraL;'c, and though they hcarteiiefj I'hil, I was hir 
from feelini;' anything;' hut a (h'Sperate resolution 
not to turn ha(d<. 

So witliout more words we continued hattliiiL,'' 
with the swift tide. 

It seemed for a time like working against fate, 
l^hil was out of hreatli, and my desperation, caused 
hy the knowledge that failure meant death, was all 
that sustained me. 

We were now at the very mouth of the inlet 
and (hitting still farther. I uotictM] that a short 
distance ahead the water seemed smoother — almost 
calm. I thoug-ht there might he less tide there and 
easier swimming. With a few desperate strokes I 
forged ahead and swam around the raft, clutched 
and placed hetween my teeth one end of a rope 
with wliieh the raft Avas lashed together, and made 
a supreme effort, feeling that our lives depended 
on it. 




HOLD ON," I SAID, "I CAN TOW THE RAFT." 



WE GROPE IN J)ARKXESS. 135 

Phil seconded my efforts, wliile I, seeing that 
the raft still drifted towards tlie oeeaii, ))eeaiue, as 
it were, frenzied, and put out more and more effort, 
until at last the raft moved towards the shore 
without drifting. '' By George," exelaimed Phil, 
''this raft is drifting the other way!" 

I soon saw, hy sighting oljjeets on the shore, 
that we had struek a eounter-eurrent or eddy, 
and at the same time found that I eould touch 
bottom, and that the water was scarcely above my 
waist. 

" Hold on," I said ; " I can tow the raft." 

I heard Phil laughing, and turning, indignantly 
said, ''Where does the laugh come in, Phil?" 

" Why," he replied looking back, " here we 've 
been swinnning Avhen for the last thirty yards we 
might liaA'e waded." 

So it proved ; with the exception of a channel 
alxjut a hundred yards A\'ide we could have waded 
most of the way, but we had been deceived as to 
depth by the dark-colored bottom. 

After towing the raft for a wliile we came to 
another narrow channel across which a few strokes 
carried us. 

We reached the sliore, and were pulling the 
raft above high-water mark so that we might make 
use of it again if needed, when suddenly every- 
thing seemed to whirl around and turn over and 
over. I staggered and fell : I had fainted for the 
first time in my life. 



180 FMIIER AdAIXST SON. 

Wlifii at last T revived Phil was looking very 
solter and sad. 

"I am L^ettiuL;' to be a ])al>y — a pcrfeet milk- 
sop. T 1»('lie\f. IMiililiuster." I said. 

'•1 guess uol,"" said IMiil ; "if you hadn't put 
oil so tearingly foi' a spell when we were out in 
the ehaiuiel we "d have gone out to sea A\ith all 
ourclothes — you swam like mad: I neversawthe 
like of it. It"s I that "s a hahy ^\•hen it eonies to 
a hard sjjot, and not you, Ilez.'" 

( )ne thing surprised us, and that was that on 
looking around we saw some of the wreckage of 
the '• Fa\drite."' such as tard)arrels and other 
things, far aliow high-water mark. 

"What geese we are,'" exelainieil Phil: "while 
we 've heen lying around over yonder the wreck- 
ers have l>een not two miles from us on this coast; 
otherwise how did this stuff get above high-water 
mark ? "" 

"Yes," I replied, "l)ut it don't matter now, 
let's get somewhere ^wliere I can get a good rest; 
I ne^'er felt so mean in my life. I can't stand 
this grub either, it makes me sick." 

" Well, you are s(pu'annsh," said Phil, cramming 
his mouth full of food; "this fried fisli is awful 
g()C)d. " 

After this we began our journey up the coast 
and had not gone far when Phil, who was ahead of 
me, ext'lainied, "Well, here's a go, llez ; Me are 
on another island." 



WE GROPE IX DARKNESS. 137 

I went to tlie top of the sand-hill \\here he stood, 
and looking off said, ''Sure enough. Phil, hut 
what is that down there just ahove high-water 
mark? It looks like a hoat." 

We both started toward it. It proved to be 
the boat of the "Favorite," in which, it will be 
remembered, poor Blarney had gone adrift. lUit 
we found it to be stove in at the bows and without 
oars. 

" I hope Blarney got ashore alive in it," said 
Phil, " l)ut it is n't at all likely, for he was no 
sailor, and he would n't have stood much of a 
chance if he had been." 

As the island we were on \^-as nothing but sand 
there remained nothing for us to do but to get 
away by swimming. 

At first we debated whether we should go back 
to where we started from in the morning or go 
ahead. 

The island was not over a mile and a half long 
and we soon reached its southern limit, Phil carry- 
ing the door and I the full haversaclvS, and other 
useful things. With the exception of a narrow 
channel, twenty or more feet wide, we were able to 
wade to the other shore, and found, as Phil said, 
" When one really gets at a task it never proves as 
hard as it looks." 

By the time we had reached the other shore the 
clouds that had for some hours overcast the sky 
gathered increasing darkness ; and soon after a 



138 F.[Tiii:ii a<;ainst sox. 

furious storm of rain, thunder, and linlituiuL;' l)urst 
u|)(»ii us. AVe sta^'u'ered on in the darkness in 
lio})es to eoine upon a iislu'rnian"s luU. 

I was Ixith liot a.ud eold : at times tlie heat seemed 
uneusbirahlc and at oihrr times I was sliivcring 
A\-itli cohh I fch indiffcrt-nt to evrrytliinn'. cxeept 
a siekenin^' fecdim^; lie^inning in my liead and 
exteiKhiiL;' all o\('i- me. 

\i last I sloppL'd and said. " Phililntster, you 
can j^-o on, hut J am siek and })layed out; I ean"t 
go any farther.'" 

'Jdie rain -was descending in torrents AA'hen we 
halted hetween two sanddiills, and Phil covered 
and sheltered me as Ijest he could with the eauvas 
and the oil jaeket. 

During tlu' night my sleep was trotd)led, and I 
had frequent chills with fever, and fotmd myself 
continually trying to ex[»lain to my mother why I 
wav so wet and cond'ortless. 

^' Wake up, old fel". "' called Phil. 

I threw off the canvas and sat up. The stm 
was shining : the sky was once more clear. Phil 
was standing on the hillock ahove me and })ointing, 
smiling, and saying something AA'hich thotigh I 
heard 1 could not h)r sonic time coni})reliend : for a 
stupor seemed to chain my thottghts and percep- 
tions. 

'"•What is it, Phil?" T said : "my head aches so 
I can't seem to understand you." 

I heard JMiil say something aljoiit houses in sight. 



WE f.'EOP/'J IN DARKXESS. IP.O 

I have 1)ut ail iudistiiu't reinembraiico of what 
oceuiTod after tliat except that 1 was soon in a 
room that seemed very close and ill-smelling, trying 
to eat food, for Avhicli I had an nnaccountahh' 
loathing. 

Then I remember a delicions feeling of being 
between cool sheets and seeming to hear my mother's 
voice saying, "Sleep, my l)oy. You will soon feel 
better." 

When I awoke the kindly face of a young woman 
greeted me. 

"Where am I? Where is mother — and Phil? " I 
inquired ; and then as I dimly remendjered how I 
came there I attempted to get up, when it seemed 
as if my bones would drop asunder, I was so lame 
and weak. 

" Where 's Phil, ma'am ? "' I asked. 

" He 's over yon in the boat with my man," she 
replied, but as she spoke I heard Phil's voice. 
Then there was a whispering outside of the door. 
The woman said, " Come in, he 's right peart," 
and Phil Avas at my bedside. 

" I 'm awful weak, Pliilibuster," I said, " but I 
guess it 's time we were going, it must be quite 
late." 

"Don't you know," said Phil, glancing at the 
woman, " that you have l)een lying here sick for 
'most four weeks, a fever sickness, as John calls 
it? I guess you 're coming 'round all right now. 
Here, have some clam soup ; then turn over and 



140 FATHER AGAINST SOX. 

go to sleep again, and we 11 have a good talk l)y 
and l)y." 

I yielded to the stronger will, turned over with 
my hire to the wall, studit^l the red tlowers on the 
wall i)a[)er, and then fell into a long, restful sluniher. 

When I a^\•(lke Pliil still sat hy the Ix'd. T yawned 
and said. "1 "ve had a nap. I hclirve. AVhat was 
it vou were saying ahout clam soU})?"" 

••A nap I "' exelaime<l Phil, laughing : " you've 
heen aslec}) h>r twelvr hours stead v and it has done 
you no end of good: you don't look like the same 
person."' 

''Take down that glass and let me sei% will 
you?"' I said. I'liil hesitatctl, then said. ''You 
look a little peake<l and thin yet. llez," and handed 
me the glass. 

I should not have known the thin })ale faee as 
mine. 

I then learned that 1 had had what the n.atives 
called a "erazy fe\'er.'" T had heen taken in hy 
John Nixon and his wife, who had giyen me their 
own bed, and Mrs. Nixon had heen nursing me 
witli kindly solicitude for weeks, without which 
nursing T shoidd doul)tless have died. I also 
learned that we were on that portion of Uatteras 
kno^^•n as C'hicamocomieo, a village of al)out a 
hundred families. The men of the little })lace 
were, as Phil said, "all fishermen.*" 

" There is one thing,'" said Phil, " that T don't 
understand, and that is, that the people around 



WE a HOPE IX DARKXESS. 141 

here say there were two people besides you and nie 
saved from the ''Favorite." One of them nuist 
have been Bhirney, but the other said he was a 
North Carolinian. Now, you know there was no 
one on l)oard from North CaroUna, and this man 
was, so John says, nearly forty years old." 

" Wliat kind of a looking man was he, Phil ? " I 
inquired. 

"• These are nice, kind-hearted people," said Phil, 
laughing, ''but they aren't much for description. 
They can say ' howdy,* and chew snuff in an}' kind 
of foreign language, but wdien it comes to telling 
anything about people they can't tell how they 
look, so I can understand them. Jane says he was 
right peart and powerful pleasant like, and that Ids 
hair was dark snuff colored, and that he toted off 
to Fort Hatteras." 

" There is one way to account for the man," I 
said, " and that is he lied to these folks." And 
with this we dropped the subject, until montlis 
afterwards it came up in another shape. 

" Where is Fort Hatteras ? " I asked, shortly 
after this conversation. 

" Fort Hatteras ? " said Phil. " Well, the rebels 
have had a lot of darkies building it and another 
fort called Fort Clark 'most all summer down at 
Hatteras Inlet. They Ve got some big guns there, 
so John says. They are the guns we heard down 
on that island, I guess. 

" One reason we did n't see more people while we 



142 FA-niER AC; MX ST SOX. 

were tlicvc ^\';is tlmt tlicy wciv just tlicn Imsy kcop- 
iiiL;- out (if ilic \\;i\- (if tlic cdnscriptidU (iriiccr. Tlic 
people liere li;i\'e been L;i\'iiiL;' nioi-e atleutiou to 
keepiuL;' out of si^lit than llie\- have to N'isiiinL;' or 
\\i-eel<iiiL;-. A ( 'oufederate ol'lieer and a lot of uieii 
Avei-e lieic this weeK. and Jane took them up to 
see \du : made tliem lielie\(' \'ou \\"ere .lohn and 
needed medicines ; hilled 1 wo liii'ds with one stone : 
fof the ollieel' Sent Up some (plildlie iVoUl the folt, 

and thinkiuL;' John A\as sieh\ hasn't lieeii looking 
foi' liim since. W^asn't that a joke?" 

In two weeks" time I was alile to get out in 
the lioat with John, ^\'ho pi-o\-e(l to lie a good- 
natured giant. He had taken a great notion to 
Pliil ; and, tliougli not a great talker, was sensiljle 
and shrewd. 

r lieu'an at once talkduL!' to John aliont cettinsf 
away. lie would say latt little exee[it that lie 
did n't think it was liest for us to lie too })eart alxiut 
getting to I'^ort Ilatteras. A few days after this 
he said he had seen a strange schooner in tlie 
SoTind wliieli he reckoned was a Yaidcee schooner 
tliat had put in through one of the upper iidets 
for fear of a storm. That she had that moi'idng 
signaled for a }>ilot, and he thought he ^\"(luld go 
ahoard and see what kind of peo}ile was on her. 

I was not only anxious to he going, hut ftdt that 
we had liunh^ned these good people too much 
ah'eady. 

"When T said as much to John and his wife they 



WE GROPE IX DARKXESS. 143 

l)oth deelaivd that we were in> trouLle, and that 
they had had nothing Init good lucdv ever since 
they took us in. They considered us sort of mas- 
cots that had hrought them protection. 

Finally John said Phil could go off to the 
schooner with him, and if lie liked the looks we 
could make a l)argain with the captain. It was 
agreed by us all that that would he better than 
trustinef to the Confederates. 



14^ FATHER AGAINST SOX. 



CUXPTFAl XITI. 

WE LEAVE ClllCAMACoMiro. 

That dav, wliilc Pliil and Jolni wciv off in the 
boat on tlu' rn'aiid HUMitioiU'(l in tlic [»receding 
cliaptrr. and I A\'as in tlir kitclicn licdping Jane 
mend some lisliin^'-iu'ts. we licard a }»eculiar call 
outside. Jane started np, saying: 

''The men at tlie forts are eoniinn': get over von 
in the Iteacdi grass, and stay away till you See the 
net hung up hack of the house."' 

I did not wait to question, hut startech 

Before this I had known that there was a system 
of signals in use among the villagers to give warn- 
ing to one aritither. In all the houses the women, 
and even tlie ehihhen, were on the lookout, so 
it wordd have hi'en almost impossible for any 
stranger or enemy to ap[)roa(di the place without 
uiaking his presence known, and giving all persons 
wh(^ wished to conceal themselves an opportunity 
to (h) so. 

J was (piickly hidden l>ehind the sanddiills, where 
none could a[)proach without my seeing them or 
receiving warning. 

Not five minutes after I left I saw a party of 
men at the house, and then after some twenty 
minutes had elapsed, as if they were satisfied that 



WE Ll'AVE CHICAMACOMICO. 145 

tliere were no men there whom the}' could con- 
script, they took their departure. 

I waited, expecting to see tlie signal displayed, 
but it did not appear. 

^Vfter a time I oljserved two of the neighl)ors' 
hoys gradually drawing near to me while pla}-ing 
around the sand-hills. I thought nothing of it until 
they came within a few feet of where I was lying, 
when I began to comprehend that they were sent 
to communicate with me. 

Without turning his face towards me one of 
them said, " Missus says you must n't come to the 
house to-night," and then carelessly, while playing, 
they made tlieir way back. 

It was at ten o'clock at night, or later, when I 
saw a light in the back window. This was a sig- 
nal that John and Phil had been at home. In an- 
other moment Phil was with me. 

" The conscription gang are scattered all through 
the village, laying for the men to come home from 
fishing, but they '11 wait till they are old and gray 
before they catch 'era," said Phil in a suppressed 
tone, accompanied by a chuckle of amusement. 

" I 'm afraid they may catch John, or seize his 
boat," I said. 

" John is not to be caught napping," said Phil ; 
" before we got ashore he seemed to suspect trouble 
at home, for he suddenly determined to anchor his 
boat and go ashore in his dory at some other than 
his usual lauding. Then we got word that they 



140 



FA Til El! AC'AIXST SON. 



were hiyiiio' for liini tlici'e. lie is at tlie shore 
waiting' tor us now. He says kee}) a sliar}) look- 
out and not 1m' seen."' 

We wt'iit to tlie |ilaee wliere lie had a^'i'eed to 
meet us. and \\(.'i-e soon on Ixiard of liis hoat. ( )n 
our arrixal .lolin L;ot up sail at once and stood (»tit 
into tlie Sound, so liiat he niiylit l)e in the vieinitv 
of the siliooiici' and at the same time kee}i at a re- 
s[i('ctfid distance fi'oni the p'aiig in the town. I 
now learned tliat Jolin and Phil had not l)een on 
lioai'd of tlie schooner, hill had talked to one of the 
lisheriiii'ii who had. lie told them that it was, as 
.lohn had thought, a "^ aiikee ci'afl. whiidj, not 
know iuL; thai the State had seceded, had come in 
hii' a liarhor. 

It was neai'h- suni'ise when we discovered the 
schooner well otl' in the hay. and it was ten o'clock 
wdien wi' came near eiiouii'li to hail her. 

In answer lo our hail there came an evasive re- 
ply, and an iindtation to come on hoard if we 
wanti'd any inh)rmation. We were soon along- 
side, and Phil and I (dimhed on deed-:. 

An elderh' man stood at the tiller with his feet 
wide ajiart. giving at times sharp orders to the only 
hand on deck hesides himself. Without changing 
his position he cast a serutiiuzing glance at John 
in the hoat. then at Pliil and me. 

"Well,"" he said tons, "spit it out; wdiat is it?" 
Then to John he said, "What's the matter? Avhy 
don't you come al)oard?" 



WE LEA VI-: CIIICAMACOMICO. 147 

We ex})lainL'(l to liim that we had Ix^'eii east 
aAvay and Avanted to get home, and if lie Mas L^'oing 
to a Xoi'tliern port Ave hoped to get a passage with 
him. 

"Xo [)Ia('e for huid-lultbers, 1)ut if voii can reef 
and steer" — and here he gave ns another searching 
glance, and then added, '' We are shortdianded, or 
we would n't he in Pandico SoiukL" Then, see- 
ing that John was about to east off his painter, he 
added. " Come aboard and ]»ilot me out of the u})- 
per inlets, and I "11 give tliese l)oys a passage ; 
they "11 ha\e to work, though: and I'll give //o» 
ten silver dollars to pilot me out of here." 

John eame on board at once, saying to the cap- 
tain, " I '11 do my best, but I can't say Ijut the 
Hatteras Inlet folks ain't right peart after yon 
11 ns." 

'•' I understand," said the captain, " but if you 
know the upper inlets we may get the ' Pliilena ' 
throirgh to-night. I 'm just from the West In- 
dies ; got fruit and perishable stuff al)oard, and 
've got to git to N' York or the cargo '11 be sp'iled. 
I come through the inlet by them forts in the 
night, but the thing now is how to git back." 

" What made you put in here ? " incjuired Phil. 

'' Short-handed and did n't like the looks o' the 
sky; likely to have a storm 'fore I can make N' 
York. An' then," continued the old captain in his 
thunderous bass tones that seemed to make the air 
vibrate, -' I did n't know this State had gone crazy 



148 FA 'III I -n A'.JIXST SOX. 

till some of \u\iv lisliennm told uu'. 1 knew that 
South ('"i-"liii\' had l;'oiil' s<irt o" wild — rariie(l that 
'fore I left N" Viirk. I s'poSL-d the tar-heels *d stiek 
to the ruidii I "" 

And the eaittain lanL;he(l a (hH'p vihrani lan^h at 
his (iw'ii joke, ^\hieh at the same time L;'a\e nie a 
H'ood (i[iiiii()n (if him. 

There \\-;is aliiKist a dead calm at eleven o'eloek, 
the wind ha\inL;' i^oiie down sinee we eaiiie ahoard, 
and thei'cfoi-e, though headed towards Alhemarle 
Sonnd, the sehooiiei' ]a\' near where we had em- 
l)arked. At noon the wind freshened, but it was 
dead ahead. 

"I am afraid we've hrou^ht had luck ahoard." 
said JMiil to nie in a low tone, while I was tending 
sheets and the sehooner was slowly heating- up the 
Souiuh 

'' I)on"t he an old woman." growled Captain 
Uangs (this Ave had learned was the name of the 
ea})tain ), who had overheard the remark, "there's 
no sueh thing as luek : we are hemnuMl in here "eause 
we didn't know the tar heels was out o' the Union. 
The wind 's ahead 'eause it hlows fi'om the direc- 
tion we want to g-o. Lucdv hain't got the least l)it 
to do Avith it, my hoy. Call it eircumstanees an' 
head A\ind." .Vnd the old eaptain spat over the 
rail, and then looked up at the trim of his 
sails. 

At sundown it eame on ealm again, hut we had 
managed meanwhile to get the schooner under 



n7i LEAVE rillCAMACOMlCO. 14!» 

cover of the land, where .she was not likely to l)e 
ohserved. 

It was my watch on deck. The air was still with 
jnst a hint of a rising l)reeze rippling the watei'. 
In the east there was a faint flnsh wliich betokened 
the approach of day. Except the measured cadence 
of the surf not a sound ])roke the silence. 

I was thinking of home, and of the many advent- 
ures and hardships I liad encountered since I left 
my dear mother for the uncertain perils of the sea. 
I was in a deep revery when a faint, sharp sound 
broke the stillness. I listened intently, and then 
again heard a measured sound like the distant click 
• of oars. I rushed to the companionway and called 
to the captain. 

Captain Bangs came on deck saying : 

- What is it ? " 

'' I hear the sound of oars," I said. 

He listened for some time, and then said, ^ I hear 
something. I guess your ears are better 'n mine, 
but it may be the fishermen goin' out in their 
boats," and then called out, '■'• All hands on 
deck here ! " 

When John came on deck he listened, and re- 
plied to an inquiry from the captain, " No, cap, I 
reckon there 's more 'n two pair o' oars a-board that 
boat', an' the stroke o" our folks is diff'rent." 

We were soon under way, standing off into the 
Sound. John had taken the tiller, wdiile the cap- 
tain was looldng' throuadi his giass. 



ir)0 



FAIlli:!! .\(.AL\ST SOX. 



''Here tliey cdiuc."" he exclaimed, ''jist "roniid 
tliat pMiit. It "s a liiill Ixiat fill (•" men."" And tlie 
cajitaiii laid down his L;lass and lie^'aii tn ,L;'i\'e tirders, 
and at the same time .issisled in their exeentioii. 

'Idle Itl'ee/.e lie^ali lo eoiiie in little jiilt't's : the 
sehdoliel' answered to the hreeze. the watel' l'i|»]tle«l 
at hei- liow's. and the sails di'ew" tauter on the 
sheets. 

•• Wdiat d" V'' think, sii'."" said the eaptain to 
Xixoii: "ai'e we ereepin \\"a\ Irom em? 

Nixon shook his heath 

•• I "d make no hones o" h^htin' "em,"" said the 
captain, "it' I had powdci' an shot fer that ol" 
s\\i\el up there lor"ard : "t ain"t much of a ,L;'nii. hut 
when I was cap"n of a ship in the ( 'hiny seas I 
stood off a lot o" pirates a hull da\. an" L^ot away 
in the ni^'ht : had a Ljood sharp hL^ht : an" I 
wouldn't nnnd L;'i\"in" these htlks somethin" to 
i'ememl)er luv hy."" 

And the old fellow looked as if he would enjoy 
such a privileL;-e. 

•• W^et down the sails there, all hands I "' shouted 
the captain: "there comes a little more Ijreeze : 
there, that "s hi-tter. ^'is. I \-ow, we "re leavin" the 
lulihers astarn."" 

After a fe\\' moments it was evident tju all on 
hoard that the ea[»tain was ri^ht, and that the l)oa; 
was falling behind in the lace. 

In an hour's tijiie the 1)oat was no longer insight, 
and the ea[)taiu, who had been intently gazing 



WE LI:A VE CUI(\ IMACoMI r (). 1 ."■) 1 

tlii'dUi^h liis L;-lass, shut it up with a sati.slied ymiit, 
ext'IainiiuL!,' : 

•"Well, we 've sliowed Vui our heels, but they'd 
had us if it hadn't l)e'n fer the boy. So you see, 
youngster,"" said the eaptain to nie, " you lu'ought 
good hiek if you In'ought any kind of hick a1)oar(h 
If you "d be"n a-na[»[)i)r them fellers 'd ketehed us."" 

We had a good breeze all day. We neared 
the iidet through whieli John thought it best to 
make a passage, and as it Avas conung on dark, the 
eaptain, on John's representation that he needed a 
little daylight to pilot the schooner through, hove to 
under tlie land "so as not to be caught napping.'" 

At dayliglit we made f<n- the inlet. The breeze 
was good, and everything seemed to be progressing 
favorably, when, just as we neared the inlet, a 
little steam craft was seen poking her nose out 
from l)ehind the land. 

Ca[)tain Bangs ordered the schooner about on 
the other tack with the intention of getting away, 
saying, " P'r"aps we can show "em a trick yit."" 
But even as he spoke a dense smoke began to pour 
out of the steamer's smoke-stack, and in another 
moment she was in full pursuit and gaining on tlie 
'^ Philena." I saw a smoke and a flash, and then 
heard the roar of a gun, and a shot came skipping 
the water across our bows. 

'^'T ain't no use," said the captain, "steam beats 
sail every day ; guess we "d better act friendly." 
And with this he ordered the schooner put about. 



\'>-2 FATiniR AC MX ST SnX. 

In a U'W nioiiiciits tilt' "("otloii riant," such 
was her iiaiiK'. was alongside and licrnit'ii swarmed 
oil llic sflidiinci' s dcc]<.s, takini;' possi'ssion in tlic 
name of llic ( oidcilcratc States. We wei'e ordei'e(l 
oil l)oard the "('ottoii Plant."' wliicli was at onee 
headtMl toi' Ilattcras lid(4. 

In the afti'niooii we were land('(l at the inlet, and 
soon alter coiidiictiMl to the ol'licc of the naval coni- 
iiiaiidaiil. ( 'aptain IJari'on. 

lie i('cci\('(l us with cliilliu^ciNilitv : anyone 
could sec that he lia<l the lialtit and inaniici- ol 
coiiimaiid. 

'' Where docs yoiii' vesstd hail from, captain?'' 
he dciiiaudcd. 

'• l*'ronitlie West Indies. "" reitlled Captain Bang's, 
"loadccl with fruit an" produce — perishable; sail 
from X" York, soinetimcs from lioston."" 

•'A native of New York?" impiired ('a|»tain 
r>arrou. 

••No, sir, a ('a])e ('odder. l)Ut "ve sailed out o" 
them poi'ts all m\ life, ever seiice I was ten year 
old. I>e"n four times "round the world: l>e"n feii'n 
v'y"(_.X's all mv life : ^ds, capn of a shi[) f"r near 
tliirtv vear. Then I thoUL;'ht Fd settle down "t 
hum: then I had a kind "f a-hankerin" for the salt 
water "s^'in. I see you "re a sailor an' know how "t is. 
Then I put most o" mv money in this little craft: 
thouyhi I "d 'muse myself eoastin". C'apt'n, slu' "s 
a little craft, won't do you no good, an' senee I ain"t 
no designs "g'inst the SoittherJi folks p'r'aps y '11 



WE LEAVE ClIICAMACOMICO. 153 

let me an" my schooner go. Y' ar' welcome to the 
cargo ; that "s fair." 

Captain Barron smiled as he replied : " Personally 
I should like to oblige you : l)ut we are at war 
with the United States, and yonr vessel is a prize, 
and you are a prisoner of the Confederacy." 

"But," said Captain Bangs, "you b'long to 
th 'nited States, don't ye ? them are the buttons 'f 
our common country you *ve got on y'r coat ; 
\xcuse me if I offend, Ijut I don't understand 
things." 

" Sir," said the officer haughtily, " I am an 
officer of the Confederacy and owe no allegiance 
to the old government ; " and then in an insinuat- 
ing and pleasanter tone he said, "■ Perhaps we 
can arrange it, captain, so that you can still com- 
mand your vessel ; we should be glad to give you 
employment in our way ; the Confederacy needs 
good seamen. It would l)e preferable, would it 
not, to still command your own craft to being a 
prisoner of war? I can promise you letters of 
marque from our president." 

"'To do what?" asked the captain, knitting his 
brow, as if he were trying to comprehend the prop- 
osition. 

" Why, to capture Yankee vessels ; there will 
be some good pickings, and you will soon get 
rich." 

" An' be hung for piracy, as I sh'd desarve, an' 
as every one does that raises liis hand 'g'iust the 



l-")4 FATHER ACMXsr SOX. 

lliiL;' tliat "s |»r(»tLM'ti'(l liiiii. an" that lie "> sailcil 
under. X(). sir! IM lie sunk in tlu- • Philfiia " lirst 
an' l)f ilaiuiit'd to all li-aitors and tui'Ucdats ! " 

Tlu'rc was a look of la^'f on the ot'iit'cr's face, 
"wliicli the ca^jtain [)('i'cci\in^' said, " Ioxciim' nic sir. 
1 "in a little heate(l, hut 1 mean no disi'espeet to 
you. Wdiv. I "\'e sailed undei' that tlai;' when you 
was in \'our el'adle. I "\'e he'll L;lad to he [iroteeted. 
an" })roud. sir. to stan" under it. an" feel that it was 
ni\' tlai;'. the fla^' o" free Americans, that our fathers 
fought for an" die(l foi' : ni\- hither f(iUL;'ht with 
Decatur, ^rn" hdl deinl on the de<dv' of his shiji. 
l''r"a[is you hain"t felt "s 1 hev" all m" life, that ye 
owed duty to it with y"r life?"" 

riiei'c was a look passiuL;' over the face of the 
ConhMlerate whi(di 1 could not inter[iret. Per- 
haps he was reminded of the time when he swore 
allegiance to that Hag. There was a trouhled look 
on las face. — a look of mingled pain and, sorrow", as 
if every word of the old sailor had cut like a knife : 
for lie had heen. l)ut a few weeks l)ef()re. an officer 
of the I nited States Navy, liokling its contldenee, 
as well as a })osition tif trust, which he had hetia\"e(l 
and foresworn. 

With a wliite face, almost with a gasp. heturiie<l 
to the saih)r and said. "I (h) understand, sir." 
and then titrning to an officer he said: 

•• 'I'ake this old man away : see that he is treated 
kindly and respectfully."' 

A glance passed between Phil and me. and I 



WE LEAVF. ClUrAMACOMICO. l-").") 

kncAV that lie wanted me to \)v spokesman, and I 
also knew that he thouo-jit it best to say l)nt little. 

"How came _yon on hoard of the sehooner'.'' " 
mquired C'a[)tain Barron. 

" Shipwrecked," I replied, " and were taken on 
board by Captain IJangs, who offered to take ns to 
New York. This other boy the same,"" I added, 
indicating Pliil with my hand. 

No more qnestions were asked us, and Phil and 
I and Nixon were marched throngh the sand, to 
the guard quarters, just outside of Fort Clark. 



loli 



FATl/i:i: AdAlXST SON. 



CUAVTVAl XTY 



J.EA\1N(; DIXIE. 



Tin-; two tnrls Ijiiill on \\\c sandy beach of llat- 
tci'as were as \ct milinislicd. Most of the n'uns 
WTi-c, liowTNcr, ill iiosilioii. ilic |M>\\(lt'r magazines 
CDnstnictrd. and tlir Iminl) jH'uols. tlioUL;li tliry 
were al'lcrward sliowii to lie uns(.'r\iecal)l(', wei'e 
(■onsi(lfrt'(l linislicd. 

'riit'i'c wci-c about sc\t'n liundrtMJ nu-n on <luty in 
and around tlic forts, wliile a lai'L;'*' nund)ci' of 
negroes still lal)orcd on tlicni undci' the direction 
of a ^I'aduate of West I'oint. 

A nund)er of I'lule buildings, whicli lia<l been 
built for the aeconnnodation of the soldiers, clus- 
ti'red around these h)rts or earth-works. The 
youuy non-coiuniissioned ollieer \\'ho had us in 
charge said : 

"Captain l>arr(.)n lielongs to the na\'y. and was 
some cut U[), I reckon, by wliat your old cap'n said. 
W'liw he played, so they say, a ^'ankee tri(d< at 
Washington: he almost got iharge of the whole 
dog-goned Yankee na\y when that old Alie sto[)j)ed 
it; we shonld *ave had a l)etter lot o' ships if it 
had ii"t been for that." 

This last ol)seivation was said in the tune of one 
who is aggrieved over unfair nsage. 



LEA VI NG DIXIE. 157 

"What are tlieso forts for'/"" T inquired, for I 
couldn't see any use in defending a sand-l)ar. 

'' Well,"" said, he '• I reckon the Yankee ships 
can t come over the sand l)each, an" there ain"t 
water "nougli for "em to git through over yon," 
indicating the northern inlets, "an" they ean"t come 
through h"yer ; if they try it we '11 blow "em out o' 
th" water.'" 

That my young readers may Ijetter comprehend 
the situation and the purpose of these forts, I will 
recite a few facts which Phil and I did not then 
know, and which, in })art, may he unfamiliar to the 
reader. 

When tlie news of the capture of Fort Sumter 
by the South Carolinians was flashed over the 
country, President Lincoln at once called an extra 
session of Congress, to meet on July 4, 1861, and 
also issued a call for seventy-five thousand vol- 
unteers to maintain the laws, and to restore the 
supremacy of ivTational rule. 

These acts of the chief executive were hailed 
at the North with an outburst of patriotism with a 
unanimity which never abated in its enthusiasm, 
and before which party lines were practically o1)lit- 
erated; and the peo})le rushed to arms to sustain 
the central government. 

(_)n the r)ther hand the governors of the slave 
States utterly refused to cooperate in the Xational 
defence ; while the secessionists among the people, 
availing themselves of the call of Mr. Lincoln for 



1 .') 8 FA Til /■; /.' ACM XS T S ON. 

volniitt't'i's, iiiiidc a last ct'lni't to t'orcc \\\v States into 
rt'lx'llion, under the [)retext that tlils eall of tlie 
I^'edei'al i;(>veniinenl liad ni\ade(l their I'iylits as 
s(i\('i-eiL;'ii States. 

I'lider tliesc iiiflueiices one State after anotlier 
iiad seceded iVoiii the ruioli. and tiuallv the ( 'oli- 
h'derae\". witJi .lelTel'Sdli l)a\is at its liead. issued 
letters ol' inari|Ue. and in\ited the I'ehel Slates Id 
lit out pri\'aleei's Uw tlie eajitui'e or destrutdiou of 
the nieridiant \essels of tlie North. 

On the lUth of April. ISCi, Mi-. Lincoln issued 
a jiroclaniatiou declai-in^' a hhxdvade on all the coast 
from South ('arolina to 'I'exas. and on the 2lHli, 
N'ir^iiua ha\ in^' alread\' seceded, and the secession 
of North ('arolina heiiiL;- inniiineiit. he extended 
the hhxdvade to the coast of those States. Uut 
to t'stahlish an etfectixe l)]o(d-;ade fi'oni Mexico to 
the I'otoniac. ui-ar Wadiin^'ton. was an innnense 
undeitakin<4-. 

To understand the value of llatteras Inlet in 
eonueetion with this lihxdvade, as \v(dl as froni a 
military standpoint, take tlie maps of Xortli Caro- 
lina and Virginia, and you will ol)serve on them a 
tang'led network of internal na\'iL;'al)le watei's pro- 
tected l>v a long' harrier of narrow sand islands 
(()f which llatteras heacli, where the " Favorite " 
had lieen wrecked, forms tlie greater part) extend- 
ing from Curricut Sound, near Norfolk. A^a., to 
l)elow Ueaufort, S.C. 

'I'lirou'''h these sand harriers there are, as I have 



LEAVING DIXIE. 159 

already instanced, nnmerons channels or iidets, 
where vessels of lin'ht draft can pass to coinnui- 
nicate with the vast inland country, and through 
which blockaders could not follow on account of 
shallow water, v>'\n\e the pi'incipal or main chan- 
nels were guarded by the forts at Ilatteras Inlet. 
Once safe within tliese waters the rebel, foreign, or 
native trader had the whole countr}' o[)en to his 
operations. 

The English traders and slii[)l)uilders, if not the 
English government, seemed to have been care- 
fully posted, before the war began, as to all the 
advantages of onr coast line to l)lockade runners, 
and also as to the premeditated rebellion, for the 
ink on the proclamation declaring tlie rebels bel- 
ligerents was not dry before they began to lit out 
at their ship-yards privateers exactly fitted to 
thread these shallow inlets. In this manner the 
insurgents were able to receive munitions of w^ar 
and English goods in exchange for their cotton. 

For a time the Confederacy was virtually a 
province of Great Britain. 

Two of the most important points for this inland 
traffic were Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. 

Neither Phil nor I comprehended at that time 
the importance of the forts at Hatteras, and I have 
given these details so that boys who read this nar- 
rative may comprehend the part this position played 
in the affairs of the war. 

After our interview with Captain Barron, Phil, 



1<;0 FATHER AdAINST SON. 

(':i]it;iiii IJaii^s. Xixoii, and I were all coiitiiied in 
a small Iniildiui;- used for ^auird (|Uarlcrs. ( )ur 
food was \'('ry Ljood and our Irt'atuit'nt fair, and 
after about a Wfek we were alloWLMJ conipai'ative 
liberty, after si^'uiiii;' a [)arole of honor not to 
H'o l)e\-ond certain limits. l/nder this arranL;'e- 
ment -lohii was allowx'd To ljo liome, only Iteini;' 
i'e(]uire(l to rejioit to the commandant (jiiee each 
\\eek. 

At tirst I was veiy much interested in my new 
surroundings. I thon^ht. as IMiil said. " It will l)e 
something' to talk aliont if we evei' ^'et home."" 

Thus I was \'er\' ol)ser\ ant and curious re^'arding 
the forts. The iid'ormation I gained was after- 
wards of advantage to wxc. 

IIo^\e^■er, I soon tii'ed of llatteras. and eliafed 
over our forced detention from liome and friends. 
I became tired too of tlie never-ceasing sound of 
the surf and the unending calm of the water in 
Pandico SouiKh as A\ell as of the al)surd brag of 
the Southern soldiers of wdiat they intended to do 
witli the Yankees if they came to llatteras. 

" I want to get away from here, Philibuster,"" 1 
said one (hiy : •' I am tired of it."* 

*' So am I," said Phil, '' but Avhat can we do 
al)out it ? We niiglit as well l»e a thousand miles 
from land as to be liere, so far as running away is 
concerned. We have just got to grin and bear it 
till something turns \\\)." 

On the last of July the Confederates were jubi- 



LEA VIXr; DIXIE. Kil 

lant. When T iii(|uire(l the cause of their manifes- 
tations of i(^v one of the gaiard said: 

" Our army has just captured the whole durned 
Yankee army at Manassas, and sent 'cm to Rich- 
monch'' 

" What are you going to do with "em '! " I 
inquired, just to see what tlieir ideas of the uses 
of tlie Yankees were. 

''• Well, I reckon we-uns '11 make 3'ou-uns work 
for we-uns." 

Then followed extravagant statements of the 
performances of the Confederate army, all of which 
they believed, no douht, hut which we seriously 
questioned among ourselves. 

Up to this time we had been treated with some 
respect and forl)earance, hut thereafter the ser- 
geants and oflicers became overbearing and disa- 
greeable, if not insulting. Even the privates 
seemed to consider themselves superior persons, 
and, as Phil said, " put on lugs." 

Our rations meanwhile steadily decreased in 
quantity, and we all grew more and more discon- 
tented. This discontent was not the less when the 
guard began to circulate a rumor that we were all 
to l)e sent to Lynchburg. 

One day, about the 23d of August I should 
judge, I was wandering along the ocean shore when 
I heard a shrill whistle. I turned and saw John 
Nixon, beckoning to me from a sand-hill. 

I knew at once that he had something of impor- 



1i;2 FATUiin AdAiysr sn\. 

laiicc to coiiiiiiuiiicatc, and that lie liad Ix^cn <m tlie 
lookniit fur inc. 

" What "s tlic tronl)!*'. Jolni '.'' " I iiujnii'tMl : "you 
hiolc as it '" — 

"I i'fcl<on."" said John, iiilfi-i-iqitinL;'. ••that the 
troidilc concci-ns \-on-iiiis as nuu-h as it docs we-iins. 

'ihciii ] ]ilc down thci'c arc n'oiii" to })ut nic in 

thcii' arni\". an" send \dn-uns otT to some hii;- ])fison 
up to l.yiichl»ur^' wlici'c tliey 'vc L;'ot a power more 
o" \'an]<s."" 

••llow do you Iciiow. Jolni. tliat tliis isn't a 
nicrc minor/"" I askcih •• 1 "\c heard tlic talk 
aliout oni- Iteini^' sent to some otlier prison mv- 
stdtV" 

•• This ain't no \vliat-d"-yi'-eall-it."' said John ; '"' uiy 
file's cousin "s a (derlv "t tlie cap'n's oi'lice an' see 
tlic ])apcr"t tt)hl tlic cap wliat t' (hi witli you-uns. 
"n "t tile same time Major Anderson come in an' 
said he was L;din' t' hev nie put in the S{|Uad for 
(hilL I I't'ckoii the talk hcL;un 'tween that Cap'n 
IJarron an' the major, "cause one "f 'em said "t I 
"d make a Lj'ood man ler thr navy vessels, an' t' 
otlu-r \\anted me in th" army. Now, I reckon I 
won't take a n'un for them folks. Jane won't like 
it. T'-morrer — so Jane"s cousin says — they "11 
take away y'r })"role an' send y' t" th" guard-house 
ag'in. J'hev won't git me. I sh'll l)e a-tishiu'."" 

•• r>ut what's vour plan. Johu '.■' " 1 said ; " I know 

yon ve got one." 

"I reckon that guard-house where they keep ye 



LEA VIN'.' DIXIE. 163 

ain't uiiU'h to ^ct out'n wlit'ii I was thai/* said 
John: "the boards t' that hjwiT bunk was h)ose, 
an" there "s no floor nnderneath. 1 dnj;- a right 
smart lioh' down ther, nfself, an' I reckon yon t-'n 
claw ont in a right smart time." 

^' Ikit what \\ill \A-e do then? AVe can't get away 
from this phice," I exchiimed impatiently. 

"Well," said John with provoking slowness, ''I 
reckon you 'n' IMiil 'n' that cap'n man \1 better git 
out "n' come over t' th' second crik where I 've goi; 
my l)oat an' a lot o' grub flxin's." 

And then John outlined a plan l)y Avhich he 
agreed to have his boat in a creek about three 
miles distant. If we did not cc^ne sooner he wc uld 
be there three nights in succession, and longer if 
we could not get there at that time and lie ould 
do so safely. 

On returning to the fort I told Phil all this, and 
more which I have not here given. 

The next morning when I started to leave the 
guard quarters I was told that I had violated my 
parole l)y talking to the negro laborers, and the 
captain was also deprived of his liberty on a similar 
pretext. 

When I liad dennirred at being restrained, the 
young officer of the guard showed me his written 
instructions, that we were not to be allowed there- 
after to go beyond guard quarters. 

During the day I examined the lower bunl; and 
found, as John had said, tliat the boards Nvere 



im FAriiEi; AdAixsr so.x. 

Idosc, and tliat uiidci' this IIrtc was iiotliiiiL,'' but 
saiid to (»l»sti-iicl our (,-\it. 

( )ii the iii^'lit ol' Aiin'iist -'k at alxiut eleven 
()"('l()ck. Phil. \\]i(» had heeli (iccii|»\-iiin- the upper 
hiliil\, i'eiii(>\ed the lioai'ds at the l)()tti»in of the 
lower one. and ^\■e weie read\' to ti'\" to i^et out. 
'idle second relief had just Ix'cn seid out, and 
the !_;'uai'ds relie\f(l \\-ei'e soon fast aslee[i and 
snoriuL;'. Soon after this I saw the sei'L;"eant of the 
L;-uai'd hisliMi the door, and tlieii. eastiiiL;' a glance 
toward his prisoiieis, he la\' (hiwn, liut a})parently 
not witli the intention of sleejiiiiL;-. I saw him 
making' an effoi't to keep awake, l)ut after starting 
up and looking aiduiid once or twice he sank hack 
in his hunk, and soon his nieasui'ed l)reatliing 
assured nie that it \\as safe for us to act. 

Thi.s Avas hetter luck than we had anticipated. 

I silenth' got up. when one of tiie guard, who 
sle[)t next to us. looked out of his liuidc, and then 
yawned and lay down again, and was sc>on fast 
aslee}). 

It was a half hour after tliis \\ hen we went to 
woik. It was liy no means a hard task to dig 
awav the loose samL 

( )u starting out W(> had no ti'oul)le in evading the 
sentinels, a\1io kept l)ut an indifferent outh^ok, as I 
had more than once previously observed. 

In two liours' time we had reached the I'endez- 
vons agreed n})on, l)ut at iii'st could !ind neither 
John nor his boat. For a time 1 thought some 



LEAVING DIXIE. 165 

disaster had overtaken him ; then thought I would 
try a signal wliieli lie had taught us. It was at 
once answered, and in another moment John came 
ashore in a dory from his sail-hoat which he had 
secured off-shore, where she could not be easily- 
seen. 

To our surprise we found not only John's wife, 
but also Captain liangs on board. I had told the 
captain of John's plan and had described the situa- 
tion of his boat, and he had made his way to the 
place early in the evening by evading the guard 
and slip})ing out of the door. 

John Nixon's boat was twenty feet long, sharp 
at both ends, half-decked forward, and, as he often 
said, was the best boat on Pamlico Sound, and lit 
to make an ocean voyage in. 

By Captain Bangs's advice he had formed the 
plan of passing through one of the northern inlets, 
and then of making his way up the coast of Dela- 
ware and New Jersey, but was in hopes that before 
going so far we should fall in with some northern- 
bound vessel and be taken on board. 

A gentle soutliern breeze was l)lowing when we 
got up sail and steered to the northward. 

" I hope we shan't see that or'nery ' Cotton 
Plant ' anywhere," said John anxiously ; " one o' 
ye 'd better go for ard an' keep a lookout." 

We kept from six to ten miles from the shore 
during the next day, and when night came steered 
nearer the shore. 



1G6 FATHER AGAINST SON. 

•"I s'piiso." said -lolin, '' we iiiio-lit git tliroiii^li 
at tlie ( )('ra('<»la' Inlet. l)Ut inel_)l)e tlie Ilat'ras 
cusses "ve n'ot a hoat tliere." 

It was al»iiut twelve o'eloek that iiiglit when wo 
tacked sheets and slodd tor one of tlie iiortliei-n 
inh'ts, \\-hei'e Jolni saiil tlie chainiel was xevy nari'ow 
and intricate, and where none hut thost^ familiar 
with its eonstaiit ehan^'es ever xcntui'ed. 

As we neared it we found the tide ^'oin^' out like 
a niill-i'aee, and calling' foi' all of John's attention 
to keep the Itoat fi'oin ^roundin^'. 

Suddeidv there eanie an ominous call: "' lh)at 
aho\- ! Wdiat hoat is that'.'"" .lohii made no I'osponse 
at first, hut said to us on hoard, " Kee}i down in the 
hoat so they won"t see ye." 

When the call was i'i'peate(l in a peremptory 
maimer. John ei'ied out in a tone of great alai'm, 
'■'A tishin' hoat: the l)lamed tide's toting me out 
to sea, an" I Avant to get in shore : throw me a rope, 
or give me a tow." 

Jolm's tones seemed so genuine that the people on 
board the hostile eraft seemed tliorougldy deeeive(h 

^' No steam up," eame the laughing reply. "-Let 
down _y'r sail and row in." 

"' Throw a line, 1 say, or I reckon I "11 go on to 
tliese (h^ggoned flats : I dar" n"t let go the tiller, an' 
I'm Jest a-gittin' out to sea right fast, — an" my 
wife "s e\}»ectin" me t" hum "fore this."' 

A hoarse latigh was the oidy answer, as we were 
swept by the strong current out into the ocean. 



LEA VI NG DIXIE. 167 

'"I reckon 't was that or'nery 'Cotton Plant'; 
they did n"t \va\q np steam, an' if they fire their 
dnrned ol* g-nn now they can't liit the boat." 

In another moment the steamer couhl not l^e seen 
for the (Uii'kness, and then we trimmed onr sails so 
as to lay onr way np the coast. 

''Tliat was an all-fired good trick y' played on 
them fellers," said Captain Bangs. '' I almost 
thonght y' u'a» scared." 

"■ I was n't 'feared they 'd ketch me ; the'd go]; 
stnck on th' flats 'f the'd started after ns ; Init I 
war 'feared tlie'd fire that big gnn an' sink 'er, 
or I wonld n't 'a' made such a dnrnation yelpin' 
'bout it," said John in his high-pitched drawling 
tones. 

" They won't put chase ; should n't wonder if they 
tho Light the joke was on their side," said the gruff 
captain in a tone of satisfaction. 

We were some fifteen miles up the coast when a 
glorious day broke, and under a full press of sail, 
with the wind abeam, we went on our way. During 
the day we held our course without sighting a 
single sail, all on board, with the exception of 
John's wife, taking turns at standing watch. 

About ten o'clock the next morning Captain 
Bangs, who was on the lookout at the bow, as he 
stood snufflng the air, and looking at the sky said : 
" We sh'll hev a change o' weather in course of 
twenty-four hours ; it 's comin' on t' blow." 

Just then he stopped suddenly in his weather 



IF.S FAT HER ACALYST SON. 

})r()l)liecy. ;ni<l jiointiiin- in a iiortli-east direction 
excitedly exrlaimt'd : 

•• What "s tliat over tlicrc?" 

We all dcclanMl we could n't see anytliing ex- 
cept some dai'lv clinids. 

'•Clouds." said the captain derisively. '" that "s 
the snidke "f a steamer, hut she makes a lot o" 
smoke, or thei'c must he a lot of "em together." 

.lohu made no remaik. hut stood off shore that he 
might intei'cept the ci'aft. 

" What are you up to, -lohu?" said Phil: ''they 
ma\- he I'ehel craft for all \(iu know.'' 

•• Xaw." saiil .lohii contemptuouslv, "the rehs 
aiu"t got oidy a powerful po" lot o' vessels, — not 
"iiough to make all that smoke." 

•• ^is," agiiH'd the captain, "'an* then if I ain't a 
landluhl)er they l)urn hard coal, an' most o' these 
folks (making a motion with his hands toAvarcl 
Ilatteras ) ])nrn pitch pine or soft coal." 

'• I wish "t I 'd a glass, l)ut I am pooty sure there 's 
a fleet o* vessels out there," said Captain. Bangs. 

" Perhaps they are English ships," I said, " com- 
ing to help these rel)s. The reljs, when I was at the 
fort, said tliey expected the Johnny Bulls to help 
"em." 

'"No,"' said the captain, shaking his head decid- 
edly, •' not at this stage o" the game. If the English 
hel[» in any way it "11 l)e hy sellin' somethin' : they 
\\on't help either side till they "re certain wliicli is 
eomin" out on top in the light."' 



LEAVixr; DIXIE. imi 

As we neared the ships, or j'ather steamers, C"ap- 
taili Bangs dechu'ed that they were war steamers. 
" If there ain't the stai'S and stripes," said he, '• my 
name ain't Bangs. Yes, they 're Uncle Sam's 
barkers an" no mistake; 'n' I may be a fool, bnt I 
think they're on their way t' call them l)lasted 
sinners to repentance down there t' Hat'ras." 

In conrse of a qnarter of an hour it Ijecame cer- 
tain that it was a squadron of war vessels. 



1<0 FAT II Ell A<;AIXST SOX. 



rilAPTKR XV. 

THE r.odT IS (»X THK OTJIER LEG. 

As We ncaivd \\\v fleet \\liicli A\'o had seen in the 
distance, it |ii(»\ed lo he. as the ohl eaptaiii liad 
surniiseth a s(|iia(h'(>ii dl I iiited States war vessels, 
a<'ei)iin)aiii('(I liy ehai'lered steainei's. 

'• I'xtat ah(>\' I "" caiiic the call from the nearest 
steaiuei'. ■• What hoal is that '!" 

•Idhn answered in a tcehle, hiL;-h-[)itched tone; 
hnt the old ca}>taiii. disre^'ardinn' his answer, i'e[ilied 
hy shontiiiL;' ont in a more seaman-like style 
thi'on^h his hands hollow i'(l for a trnmpet, 

''The 1)oat '.lane,' from Ifatteras, with escaping 
prisoners iVom the forts. What steamer is tliat?" 

And then in an aside he said, '•That'll fetch "em ; 
they'll want to know all we loiow."' 

"The United States war-steamer ' Monticello," " 
came the answer. " Will \()n come on 1)oard?" 

On receiving an al'liiinative reply, the steamer 
slowed n}) and took ns on hoai'd and onr hoat in 
tow. 

I'ntil the moment of my arrival there I had 
never l)een on the deck of a war-vessel, and I was 
amazed at the dazzling white decks, tlie neatness 
and briuiitness of the uniforms of the officers and 



THE BOOT IS ON THE OTHER l.EG. 17l 

sailors, and tlic polished metal and taut ngging of 
this ship. To my eyes she looked more like ii 
craft for a holiday show than for serviceal:)le ac- 
tion ; l)ut mine was the mistake of a novice in 
naval affairs. 

''Good deal o" gingerhread work here," said 
Bangs in his suppressed bass, and then, with an 
approving look at the orderl}- seamen and the Avhite 
decks and taut rigging, added, " Everything ship- 
shape to a marlin-spike, though. " 

"• You are wanted at the office," said a spruce- 
looking young gentleman. AVt- were conducted to a 
spacious cabin, where seated at a table, on which 
were charts and wiiting materials, wT-re two officers 
of the ship. The older of these addressed John, 
saying : 

" You are a native of Hatteras, Ave understand ? " 

" Yes," responded John, " my wife and I war 
both born there." 

'^ What are you leaving the island for ? " 

John responded by telling the circumstances, 
which the reader already knows, and added: 

" 'Most all Ave-uns' folks — 'most all the men 
folks, I mean — have be'n druv off by these crazy 
folks Avho ain't satisfied with this country an' want 
t' fight." 

" You are a Union man, I take it, Mr. Nixon ? " 
said the officer pleasantly. 

" Yes, T reckon th' United States ar' good 'nough 
f'r me," said John. " I had rights 'nough 'thout 



172 FATHER Af.'AFXST SON. 

li^-litiiT tir Yankees; I ain't ^'ot no nin'gers, aiT 
(l(»ii"t want any that Ivind o' truck, neitluT.'" 

''I suppose you are a }iilot in these parts ; niost 
lishernien are."" 

Jolni sliook Ills liead. sayinn'. "T know tli" clian- 
nels an" Pamlico. I n'clcon. Init a small erat't an" a 
bii;' ship aiv (lit't'"rent."" 

After ])UttinL;- a few general (jUestions akout the 
island and its people, the (»riieer he^'an to impure 
Avhat we knew ahout the forts. 

"•I think this youn^- feller has a pictur" he made 
o' the forts,"" said ("a[itain 15anL;'s. 

I hung my hea(k for I knew the drawing I had 
made was anything hut a good one, though I liad 
drawn a better one from it for one of the noii-eom- 
ndssioued oftieei's of the garrison. T. how ex er. took 
it, crumpled and soile(k from my pot-ket, and at 
Ids ro({iiest both Phil and I stepped to the table or 
desk, and in reply to his (piestions soon gaxe him 
all the information we possessed, whieh after^^■ard 
proved to be of considerable value. The officer 
also brought otd, by a few (|iiestious, the story of 
our shipwreck on Hatteras. 

After the interview Ave were assigned to (jnarters 
with the petty oiheers, and in half an liotir felt 
otirselves very nuich at home among them. 

C)ne of the sailors said to me, *■' Blast my e^'es, 
youngster, yoti "le sailin" under close reef. I've 
got some togs that b"longed to Bill Barnacles, a 
young cha[) that died."" 



THE BOOT rS nX THE OTHER LEG. 173 

Then he sliowcfl me a suit of sailor's elotlies 
that were just ahout my size. These, after some 
bargaining, I Ijought, giving him Bill's wateh and 
a promise to pay him five dollars some other time. 

I put the elothes on at onee after the bargain was 
concluded, and the sailor who sold them said he 
would Ikivc thought they were made for me. 

We learned that the squadron consisted of seven 
war-vessels : the '^ ^linnesota " (the flagship of the 
squadron), the " AVabash," the " Monticello," the 
" Susquehanna," the '' Pawnee," the "• Harriet 
Lane," and the " Cumberland" ; carrying altogether 
one hundred and fifty-eight guns, many of them of 
heavy calibre. 

In addition to these war-vessels, there were the 
" Adelaide," the '' George Peabody," and the tug 
" Fanny," which were chartered steamers and 
transports ; there were also two or three schooners 
without masts, and a hxrge number of iron surf- 
boats. We learned that on board of the transports 
was a body of nine hundred troops, under the 
command of General Benjamin F. Butler, while 
the naval expedition was commanded by Flag 
Officer Stringham, U.S.N. 

As Bangs had surmised, this formidable array of 
battleships was on its way to attack the Confed- 
erate stronghold standing at the entrance of Pam- 
lico and Albemarle Sounds. 

As we came on deck. Captain Bangs said, 
" 'Tween me an' th' mainm'st, shipmates, I think the 



174 



F I TJJKR . 1 a A fXS 7' .s77.V. 



l)()(it '11 ])v oil l" (•tlicr \f'j; with them hlastrd rcltcls 
that was so lii^'h an" min'htv with iis 1" llal'ras : 
I'll n'it ni\' schditncr hack, au" tlif\'"ll git a lesson, 
true 's nu' iiaiiu' "s r)aii'_;s ! 

Aim! the old sca-do^'. with a '^vhn smile, hit into 
a hiiLi'f }»1iil;' of •• na\ y." as if to I'liiphasi/.c his 
sa.tist'actioii. 

'' It "11 tak'ca j)o\\-('ii'ul lot o" lessons t" learn them 
thar folks. ! reckon, " said John vcrv carnestlv. 
'' ^'on c"ii learn a stii]»id or a fool, hut I reckon our 
folks over thar' are j)liinih crazy."' 

I'^arly on 'Ihiesday lllornill^• Hatteras lio'ht was 
in si^iit. Wdieii we roiiiide(l tiie oiitershoals there 
Avas a heaxy ^'roiiiid swell, and as we neared the 
shore the l)each. as far as the e\'e could see. pre- 
sented all uiihrokeii line of surf. I>\' li\'e o'cloek 
in the afternoon the whole sipiadron had c(»me to 
anchor at (he southward of the t'ape. 

During' the night husy [)rej)ai'ations were made 
for the landing of troops in the morning. The 
stirf l)oats were hoisted, and signals were exchanged 
hetweeu the slii})s of the s(piadron and the ilag- 
ship. Tlu'se and other preparations showed that a 
drama of naval hattle was to o[)en with the dawn 
of tlie coming day. 

.John was sent to the llag-ship, where it was 
tliougiit he might he of itse. as he was familiar 
with the inlet and other features of the islan(h 

As t'arl\- as four o'clock the next morning the 
crew of the '* Mijnticello " was summoned to hreak- 



•wf 



^ 





THE BOOT IS OX I'll E (>'/7u:n Li:a. IT') 

fast, and hy seven, with the " Pawnee " and the 
'^ Harriet Lane, " the steamer Avas ordered to assist 
in covering, or protecting, the landing of tlie troops. 

Tlie place selected for the landing was al)ont 
three miles from the forts, where tliere was a slight 
bend in the sliore, and less undertow than at any 
other portion of that part of the l)each. Shell were 
fired from our ship to protect the troops when 
landed. 

The dismasted scliooners were anchored near tlie 
shore, and then allowed to drift near the breakers, 
after which each of the iron surf boats took from 
them fifty or more soldiers to the shore. 

Phil, at his request, was allowed to accompany 
an officer in one of these boats, but I did not get 
the chance, in which, as w"ill be seen, I was fort- 
unate. 

A boat from the •■' Pawniee " made a successful 
landing, but some of the boats that followed were 
swamped, and most of them, when they entered the 
surf were, with the greatest difficulty, kept from 
capsizing. S(Mne of them I saw hurled on the 
beach with the waves sweeping over them, Avhile 
the half-drowned soldiers struggled through the 
water to the shore. The surf lioats Avere so badly 
crushed by the heavy breakers that they could not 
return to the A^essels ; and after some three hun- 
dred men had been taken to the shore no attempts 
were made to land any more. 
, Those on shore were left in a very perilous and 



17<') i'A'riii:n AdMxsr snx. 

uncomfdi'talilc |)(tsiii(in. witliout pi'dvisions. uiialilc 
to I'ctuni. with tlicii' aiiiiiiuijitii)ii wet. and lial>K' to 
lie cajjtm'cil l»v a sii[)t'ri()r force wliicli iniu'lit casily 
l)c sent aL^'aiiist tlifiii. 

Ill the distance, on tlic forts, tlic enemy's flags 
could l)e seen ilelia.iitlv lloatlng. 

All tills tinii' 1 had lieeii lntereste(I In watching' 
the gumiers, and the shell tliat wei'e occasionally 
thrown oN'er the li'oo[is towards the eiieni\'. 

M \' attention was, howe\'er, soon drawn to still 
iiioi'c exciting scenes. 

At aliout ten o"(dock in the forenoon there was 
a nioyement among the remaining \essels of the 
fleet. 

" Idast my timbers," said Captain Bangs, "if 
I don't think they're goin' to give them f(^rts a 
lesson from the Ten ( ''nniian'meiits, sech as, '• 'Jdiou 
shalt not steal,' oi' somethin' of a moral natur' f'r 
th'r good : What craft 's that?" 

''That," said the sailor addressed, "is the ' Wa- 
l)ash," towing the ' ( 'undierland,' and that craft 
following them is the tlag-slii[) • Minnesota." " 

"I s'pose they're prooty well fixed f'r shoot- 
in' ? " said the old ca})tain inipiiringly. 

" Yes, sir," said a [>etty officer, whose acquaint- 
ance I was cnltiyating, "the 'Wahash' carries 
forty-fiye lieayy guns, the ' Mlmiesota ' forty-six, 
the '•Cumberland" twenty-four, and the 'Susque- 
hanna ' out there getting under way carries seven- 
teen guns." 



THE BOOT IS ON THE OTHER LEG. 177 

"One liinidivd and thirty-tAvo buU-dog's l)arkin' 
in one fight ! " exclaimed the ohl ea[)tain. •■ Why, 
tliej c"n blow them forts out o' the .sand into 
Pamlieo Sound ! " 

The vessels went forward into position south- 
easterl}' from the forts. As they showed their 
sides to us we saw a jet of flame and smoke leap 
from their ports, followed by a thunderous roar and 
concussion that echoed over the water; and then 
from the forts there came an angry flash and roar, 
as if in acceptance of the challenge to combat. 

The first battle between earthworks and slii[)s, 
in the Civil War, had begun. 

In from ten to twenty minutes the "• Minnesota " 
and the '^ Susquehanna '" added their guns to the 
clamor and were belching flame and smoke, and 
filling the air with terriljle explosions, the sounds of 
which came rolling and vibrating over the waters. 

"• That 's a pretty good play of the commodores ! " 
exclaimed an officer who stood looking off at the 
ships in conflict. " By Jove, they can't get his 
range while our ships plump almost every shot into 
their sand-heaps. Just see the shell burst above 
them I " 

Sure enough, we could see the sand thrown up 
as the shot struck the parapet outside of Fort 
Clark, and little clouds of smoke above the forts 
showed the bursting of shell there, while the shots 
from the guns of the forts either fell short or threw 
up jets of water beyond the ships, as they struck. 



178 



FATHER AGAINST SON. 



The reason for this was tliat tin- ships instead of 
I'cniaininL;' stati()iiar\'constantlv passed and repassed 
tlie ciiciin's I'oi'ts in iiarrdwiiiL;' nv \vi(U'ning eireles, 
(h'HvcriiiL;- tlicir lire as tlicy eanie in ran^-e. IJy 
tliesc tactics of the adiiiii-al tiic artilh-rists at the 
foi'ts were ciuistaiitly haflleil in tlieir attempts to 
H'cl rani^'c of the ships. If ])y i^'ood hick lliey nearly 
;j;t»t tile raiin'e they \\-oidd l(tse tlie adxaiitaye so 
L;-aine(l at the next hont, for tlie sliips did not pass 
twice at tlie same distance. 'I'hns e\frv shot made 
h\- the enemy was in the iiatnre of an experiment, 
and duriiiL;' that jiart of the action not a. ship was 
struc]^. 

I watched the red toni^aies of hre and jets of 
A\hite snlphnr smoke that lea[)e(l in constant sne- 
cession from oiir ships, \\liile the conciissioiis shook 
the deck on which I stood, and seemed ev(.'n to rock 
the earth heiieath the sea. 

The s(piadron moved maji'stically withont halt, 
deli\('rini4- lire and throwing' death and destruction 
a-mong onr enemies. 

The hnrsting shell, and other evidences of dis- 
trnction, imjiressed me as something terrihle ; or 
perhaps sympathy with my father's people gave me 
this feeling. 

'' It *s awfnl," I said, '■ for those })oor fellows in 
the h)rts."' 

Meanwhile the " ^lonticello." having performed 
her mission in landing and covering the troops, 
turned her hoAvs toward the fleet and steamed 



THE BOOT IS ON THE O'lHllR LEG. 170 

doMii the coast, tiring shot into the forts as she 
advaneed. 

We tlien noticed tliat tlie flag of Fort Chirk was 
(h)wn, that its guns were silent, and that the men 
were running from it like cliickens from the swoop 
of a hawk. 

" I guess," said Captain Bangs, standing seaman- 
like, with his feet wide apart and with the sarcastic 
smile of an injured man avenged, " that them rebel 
landluhhers won't steal any more schooners from 
honest men ag"i]i right away." 

When Me arrived at the moutli of the inlet tlie 
lire of our shi[)s had slackened, and Fort Hatteras 
did not return the fire. 

I heard an officer say, '" The fight is all out of 
them ; they 've got enough of it." 

We liad just liegun to make our way into the 
inlet when a signal came from the flagship for the 
"Monticello " to return and go to the ''Minnesota." 

As we lay near the huge flagship, John and 
another person came on board the "• Monticello " as 
})ilots. 

AVe then went forward and entered the Ijreakers, 
the lead being often thrown so as to keep the craft 
in the deepest water; but, as we advanced, notwith- 
standing this precaution, the ship more than once 
struck bottom, making everything on board rattle. 

As we turned the point of land at the inlet we 
found the water more and more shallow ; and the 
vessel pounded the bottom constantly. 



ISO FATII1:R AdAINST SON. 

( )i-(lci-s were o'iN'f'ii to turn and woi'k tlie vcssd 
out a^'aiii, wliiMi tlicro was seen a llasli and smoke 
from l^'dit Ilattci'as, followed l)y tlir Ik'HowIiil;' of 
its L^'iiiis, and llicir shot shi'ickcd and liowlcd over 
our heads and around us. 

I was slandint;' ahaft iieai' the two pivot qaiirs 
when 1 hea.i'd a (|uiek ordei; and the n'uns wei'e 
manned and he^an to make sharp replies to the 
reliel hatterw 

Meanwhile the shi[). tliou^h ]i(")undinL;- tlie bottom 
as we hacked and hlle(l, turne(l her head seaward, 
and l>y aid of full steam, and taking' a<lvantagc of 
the swell, made lu'r w'a\' out a^'ain. 

Uut the ]'el)el ^iins meanwhile did ani[tle execu- 
tion. < )ne shot struck the shi[) on the port side, 
cari'viuL;- away thi' davits, di'ove fra.^'nients of the 
boat through the ^aHey, from whence I saw the 
cooks coming- slowly, hut, as Captain IJangs said, 
'' vei'y ([uick for cooks." 

Still later another shot carried away the forett)p- 
sail yard, and the sail on the port \'ard-arm, stove 
in the giL;', and carried awa}- the hottom of the 
whalehoat. 

The '" Minnesota "and her sister shi})s had mean- 
wdiile [)romptly o[)ened on the forts. This caused 
tliem to slacken lire and soon to cease altogetlier. 

If I had thought the tight terrihle ut a distance, 
liow^ shall 1 descrilje my emotions when actually 
under lire ? 

I assisted in sinijde matters at the pivot guns, 



TIIK lUlOT rS nx THE (IT HER LEG. 181 

siu'li as picking up the swahs or liandspikes wlieii 
they fell from the hands of the men, and assisting 
the powder-monkeys, as the hoji^ who passed the 
p(^wder were called. 

]My flesh prickled, and a feverish sweat broke 
out at the roots of my hair, and then coursing down- 
ward seemed to settle in a kind of weakness and 
treml)ling around my knees, where it lingered, 
making them at times so weak they could hardly 
carry me around the deck. 

I was frightened as well as excited, but owing 
to my somewhat stolid temperament I did not show 
as much fright as the two powder-monkeys at the 
guns. 

After what seemed to be a long time (though I 
learned afterwards that it was less than fifteen 
minutes) we were afloat again, and then stood off 
shore heading towards the flagship, on reaching 
which we took on board carpentei's to plug the shot 
holes and to make other temporary repairs. Then 
we stood toward the forts once moi'e, firing as we 
went. But the forts had had enough fighting for 
that day, and made no reply. We saw, however, 
indications that they were making preparations to 
resume the fight the next day. 

As the roar of battle died away one after another 
of the ships drew out of range, except the " Monti- 
cello," the " Pawnee," and the " Harriet Lane," 
which went in shore to protect the troops. 

Above the clamor of the carpenters' hammers 



1 s :2 ]\\77fi:j: Ac A i n s t s o x. 

;iii(l niiillcts \vi' cDiild a^aiii lii'ar tlu' surf rolliiiL;- in 
on tlic slioic. and a scawai'd niunnur tliat t<_)ld of a 
I'isinL;' sli inn. 

As dark'iicss canit' on it licLj-an to rain, and we 
coidd sec dai'k lornis around t!n' lircs kindlcMJ mi 
shore li\' tlic troops, which sliowcd tliat tlicre was 
hut little sleep there that stormy ni^lit. 

With the inoiniiiL^'s da\\'n tiie storm liad suh- 
sided. the sun was shining, and llie water \\-as less 
ron;_;h. 

l''rom our position we eould see the stars and 
stripi's IhiiiL;' from l-'oi1 ( 'lark, and the ri'hel flag" 
from I'^ort llatteras. 

When I got on (leek (aptain Hangs said: 

•■'Idieni jiirates that stole the • Philen.i " seeiu t' 
want "nothei- dose o" punishment, an" there comes 
them old liarkers t* gi\'r it to "em!"" 

I looked and saw the whole S(piadron standing- 
in toward the shore, with the side-wdieeler " Sus- 
(pieliaiuia "" in advance. 

The tiring fi'om the ships soon l)i'gaiK and was 
full as fierce as that of tlu^ day hefore. and the 
aim seemed more accurate, e^'ery shell a[»pai'eutly 
hursting in or ahove the fort, enshroiuling it in 
smoke and throwing up idouds of dust. 

It \\'as hut little wonder that, as we learned 
later, the garrison was driven from the guns and 
took refuge in the l)oml)-[)roofs For an hour and a 
half of the latter i)art of the contliet thesludl landed 
in the eentre of the fort, and tinallv demoralized 



nil': BOOT IS ox THE OTHER JJ'.O. Is:', 

its (jHicers and men l)y sinasliing' throuu'li tin- Itouil)- 
})i'Oof where a cro\yd of tlieiii had gatliered for pro- 
tection. 

At eleven o'ekiek we saw a white flag on tlie staff 
at the rel)el fort, and knew that the defence was 
al)andoned. 

Fifteen hundred [)risoners surrendered, the chief 
officer of whom was ( 'a[)tain IWirron, wlio 1>ut a 
few niontlis previous had been hokling a position 
of trust under President Lincohi in the United 
States navy. 

The result of the capture of Hatteras Inlet was 
of great importance, for it not only gave to the 
national government possession of tlie key to the 
inland Avaters of Xortli Carolina, but afforded a 
point of support for our Ijlockading squadi'ons, and 
stopped, in part, the fitting out of piratical expedi- 
tions on these interior u'aters. 



1 s4 ]\ I Tin:R m:a ixs r sax. 



CIIAI'TFJJ XVI. 

ox SHOKK AFTEi; THE I'-ATTLE. 

rlrsT iH'forc tlic l);itili' \\'as (i\'cr 1 L;'(it iicniiissioii 
t(i ;icc(»ni]Kiii\' ;i iiiitlslii piiiaii, wlio was LjiiiiiL;- to the 
sli(ii-f ill (iiif (it tlic l)(ials. 

I liad iidt seen Phil since tlic (la\" hci'orc, and 
waiitc(l to tails" ^\'itll him alxait L;'ftt iiiL;' hoiiu' on 
oiU' (if the ships, as it was tlinn^hl thai tlu' " Moiiti- 
crllo"" wdiilil remain ou duty in these A\-aters after 
the vest of the s(|ua(b'on liad left. 

The soldiers whom I found on shore had had a- 
hard time siiiee they were landed tlu-re, nearly 
thirlv-six hours before. 'rhe\' were "without a 
pi'oper siqijily of food, water, or shelter. The ut- 
most n'ood-nature. however, seemed to pi'evail. 

There was a line of stat'ked muskets, neai' wliieh 
were tires, at whieh the men were di'vin^' their 
elothes. and eookiiiL;'. Most of the soldiers ^^■ore a 
stran^'e-lookiiiL;' dress, eonsistinn' of a red ea}). a 
sliort jacket open at the front, and l^ai^'oy trou- 
sers terminating at the knees, helow which were 
canvas leggings and shoes. The men Avearing this 
dress I was told belonged to Hawkins's regiment 
of zouaves. 

" Say, eully.'" said one of a group to whom I 



nX SHORE AFTER THE BATTLE. 18o 

addressed an iiu|uiry, '' liev y" got aiiylliin" dry 
'bout ye t' lend? I ain't seen noth'n' dry 'eept m' 
throat senee th" pitelied us on t' this sand-heap."' 

The individual who thus addressed nie was a 
blond 3'oung fellow with a slouching gait, a solemn- 
looking eountenanee, and a voice which ranged from 
a thin trel)le to a squeak like the iiling of a saw, 
and, as I afterwards perceived, whose nearest ap- 
proach to a laugh was a still shriller shriek and a 
spasm-like contortion of liis sallow face. 

'' Plenty of Avater last night," I said suggest- 
ively. 

'• Yas, an' plenty in these bags o' ourclo'es," said 
the blond, for illustration wringing Ids wet, baggy 
trousers ds:nee. 

I asked if any of them liad seen Phil, and accom- 
panied my question with a description of him. 

" Yis, I see that chump hang'n' 'round here. Ain't 
seen 'm lately, dough," said another. 

" Dat feller ? Yas, I 'member him. He 's no 
slouch. Xo more chump t'n yous are. He told 
s'm' tough yarns "bout be'n' shipwrecked," said the 
first speaker, whom they called Blenders, and who, 
addressing me, continued : '' Yas, he went up t'r 
th' fo't with us ; was th'r w'en th'r ships begun t' 
plump some iron things 's big 's nail-kags. Th'y 
come rid'n' in t'r that sand-heap like fun, an' druv 
us out a-fly'n'. 

'•' Y^'r th' feller dat 's wid him when he 's ship- 
wrecked ? Den 't 's true ? A'r jist tor't he was jist 



18(] 



FA 1111': n ACALYST SOlV. 



L;i\-"ii" lis L;iifT -jist cliiiiiiiii" i"r us. IJiit 't was 
toii^li "ii" we L;()t sl(t[)"ir "i-oiiu" las" ui^lit. Jist wait, 
"11 vn\ \\"ilc 1 pile some n" dis stuffii" in an" I ^* 
lony will Vdus. Mv caiMi "s u[> tlirr". '" 

''Don't ti-(iii1)l('."' 1 said. "I loiow tlic way: 1 was 
a [JiisdMcr ii[i there, and know all alioiit the iVtrt. 
So \'ou saw my ehuni there'.''"" I continued. 

" \\^■ll. I sh"d smile! I lit out. tho", when them 
naiI-kaL;s com" a ioai-"n" an" slioiu'n". ridin" int" th' 
l'o"t. An" don't \-oiis for^'it it." 

I>v this time Ideiiders had hnisheil his meal. 
This consisted of part of a !_;'oose. which I was told 
was one of a llocdc that liad hissed at the zouave 
uniform. It had heen lulled hii' showiiiL;" disri'S[)eet 
to 1 lawkins's zouaves. ( )n ourway up to Fort ( 'larlc 
lUeiidei's still continued to talk'. lie did not scru- 
ple to say that if he evei' L^'ot home he'd never take 
a n'un and kna[)sack ayain. 

•' This slee[)'n' out 'n th' rain don't suit mo worth 
a IJowerv lam[)-[H)st. cully. " and then with a des- 
olate groan witli which he constantly interspersed 
his remarks he said. '' Vous sailors gits th" best 'f 
us. v'r carry yous house wid yer. or rader yousjiouse 
cariies yous, cully : jist a-ri<rn' 'round wid it. If 
't had n't hin f'r d' ol' blazer — th' what-d'-y'r- 
caller?"— 

'' The ' Monticello,' " I suggested. 

'' Y's : if 't hadn't l)in for her jest throwin' nail- 
kags at dem de'r rebs, dey 'd lit on us like a tliousan' 
o' Ilav'stra' brick." 



ON SHORE AFT]:n THE BATTLE. IST 

On arriving at the fort I found Pliil in a fnll 
snit of rebel gray Mliicli lie had fonnd in tlic ol'li- 
cers' (juarters : it didn't lit very Avell, l>nt it was 
an improvement on the ragged dress he had east 
away. 

Tlie soinid of tlie guns of tlie Federal fleet still 
eontinned, and tlie rnsldng sound of the shell trav- 
ersing the air Avas terrifying to sensitive nerves. 

"Just hear d*m talk'n'," said Blenders, " jaw'n' 
away 't de fort ; th'y '11 knock everythin* to p*ee"s so 
t\\x' won't he no stuff'n' left in 'em.'' 

'•' I 1)'lieve they "ve stopped firin' up t' th' fo't th' 
rebs 're in," said Blenders's captain. '' Say, can't 
some o' you bo^-s kind o' sneak 'round there an' 
see what's c'm' over the sp'rit o' the dreams o' 
Johnnie reb ? " 

"A'r now, cap'n, don't give ut t' us so high 
flown," said Blenders, with one of his piercing tones 
which I had learned to regard as a laugh. " I '11 
take m' shoot'n'-stick an' g' up an' see w'at 't 
means." 

" Guess we 'd better go too, Phil," I said ; '' we 
might as well see all that 's going on." 

So we went with Blenders, who meantime con- 
tinued to talk, clipping his " ings " in a most law- 
less manner, and, as Phil said, speaking as if it was 
too much work to wag his jaw to pronounce his 
words. 

When we came in sight of the fort we saw a new 
flag flying. 



ls,s FATiiim .\^:.\rxs'r son. 

••'Fhey "yc sunfiKlcrcd."" saiil Pliil : •• tlii' white 
Hay says tlicy "\(' ^ot ciiohl;']! of tinlitiiin'."" 

As we adNaiici'il toward the fort, we saw tlieir 
men 111! the [iara[)('t. and tlicii lieLj'aii to meet sol- 
(hcrs ill ^raw wlio wei'c as a ^eiici'al tliiiiL;' \\'illiiiL;" 
to i-tive (h'Scri[itioiis of their part of tin/ li^ht. 
Kver\- one of them sfcme(l to tliinl-; lie liad t'sca}ie(l 
(h'alli hv a mira(de. 1 don't rememl)er alioiit 
the (h'tails they L;a\(' us, lait j^ot tlie imprt'ssion 
tliat tliey liad Ix'en hailly fri^'litened, and I also 
notice(l that tlic\- spola' moi'e respt'etfidly of the 
" \'anks " than I had vwv heard them l)efore. 

i'hil east a siLj'nitieant ulancc at me. sayiiin': 

*■• 'J'hey have had what your grandfather \\duld 
call * a ehange of heart." "* 

IMeiuh'rs A\('nt hatdv to I'eport. wliile Phil and 
1 \\n'nt h)rwar(l to the fort, where we found that it 
was indeed true that the garrison liad ca[)itulated. 
That the houdtardmeut had heeu a terrible one the 
harraeks ai'ound the fort gave evidence. When we 
en'ei'ed the fort, we found that e\er_ything that 
could he destroyed hy heavy shot was in a condition 
of dilapidation and wreck. 

At one place there was a hole in the centre 
(pf the sand para[»et, whicdi, I was told, was pro- 
duee(I l»y exploding shell : while on the exterior 
slope there were holes made in the same man- 
ner. T ^\■as told that (hiring the last part of the 
hondiardment a shell [)assed througli the venti- 
lator of the bond)-proof, and though it did not ex- 



OiY SHORE AFTER THE BATTLE. 189 

pldde it kiekrd up .siu-li a dust and smoke that 
the utuKtst eonsteruation ])revailed among the erowd 
of ottieers and men who had sought shelter there ; 
they th(Uight the magazine had eaught fire. 

From the deseri[)ti()n that a sergeant (the same 
young felknv who had taken charge of me when 
I was first marched to the guard quarters by order 
of Captain Ikutou) gave me of the effects of the 
shell that struck thick and fast in the interior of 
the fort, it must have Ijeen something terril)le. 

'' What do you think," I said, ''of l)eing able to 
blow the Yankee ships out of water now?" 

His answer dazed me. 

*•• 'T wasn't fair f"r 3-ou 'n Yanks t' take all the 
ships ; I reckon if we uns had our share we 'd 
make it right hot fo' you uns." 

" Before this war is over," I said, '' I think your 
people ^^■ill find they made a mistake in supposing 
the Yankees w^ould n't fight. I have alwaj-s no- 
ticed that people wdio are slow in getting angry 
are more to be feared than any others." 

"•Yoii-uns can subdue we-uns, but 3'ou-uns can't 
conquer we-uns," said the young sergeant, in his 
high-pitched Southern tones, and with tears in his 
eyes. 

A feeling of melancholy came over me when I 
reflected on the terrible strife of brother with 
brother, and the blood that must be spilt and the 
suffering endured, before these people of a com- 
mon language and kindred could arrive at such an 



too FATIIKU Ad.MXST SOX. 

lUKlerstandiiiL;' <>l' llicir dilTfi't'iiccs as to makt' a 
scttlcliK'llt of tlifiii [Kissililt'. Vet liow little did I, 
or aii\' oiu' else at tliat tiuic. (•(Hiiprt'iiriid tlic iikil;- 
lutndc to \\liicli tlu' sli'it'i' \\-as vft to ^tow. IVt- 
lia[is it \\-as l)ccaus(' 1 was fi|iiall\' of Soutln'i'ii and 
Nortlicni liiicaL;'*' that tin- strife seemed more tfi'i'i- 
l)le to me tliaii to otliei's. And then I tlion'^lil of 
m\- dear fatlier amont;' tliese nnstalveii l>ut lira\e 
{leoph' w'lio were liis kindre(l and ti'iends. and won- 
dered how he reL;-ar(K'd \\\\> fratricidal strife. 

This feeliny was. howe\'er. transient, and soon 
o'ave ])laee to satisfaetioii at seeing- these jieople. 
who had treate(l me witii l»nt little eonsidei'ation, 
and e\en witli insolence, heaten and hinnhle(h 
Ah! had I known, conid I ha\'e seen into tlie fut- 
\n-e. 1 should lia\'e fell h'ss satisfaction, and }ier- 
liaps a degree of consternation at what it lield h>r 
nie and for those \\\\u wvvv dear and near to me. 

We could s(.'e steamei's in tlie Sound black with 
troo[»s sent to reeidorce tlie forts. These soldiers 
Mere evid(Mitly curicnis ollsel■^■ers of the lln'ht. 

Their curiosity sei'me(l to akate when the tug 
" l^^umv.'" from the fleet, came to the landing, for 
\\\v\ hurriedly left. 

•• You see." said the young rekel sergeant, in 
tlie tone of one who a\ as grieved. *• that we-uns ve 
got a right smart o' men, l)ut you-uns 've got all 
the shi})S, and half 'f 'em hdong to us. I reckon." 

When the " Faiury " came in I went with Thil 
to see wdio was on hoard. 



ON sunn/- AFTER Tin: BATTLE. 101 

Among tlu' passengers T noticed a tliiclv'-sct, 
florid-faced man in the nniform of an oflicei' in 
the United States ann}-. 

'' That ol" feller with a eock eye "s Ben lUitler," 
said Blenders, who had come to the wharf with ns. 

I had often heard my grandfather speak of 
lawyer Ben Bntler, and from what I had heard I 
knew this to l)e the same person, and henee re- 
garded him with some curiosity. 

There was in his face and I)earing a look of 
power and audacity. One of liis eyelids di'ooped 
over the eye, and when he spoke he tlu-ew hack 
his head as if to see the l)etter from under the half- 
closed lid, and at the same time to em[)hasize a re- 
mark. Young as I was, he impressed me as one 
who was capal)le of undertaking anything diftieult, 
and who delighted in attem]^)ting it. His face, 
as well as his manner, told that he was one Aylio 
could give and take terrible blows, and rejoice 
in a trial of strength and wits that would daunt 
other men. 

" So that is Ben Butler," I said. 

"• Y's," said Blenders, " an' y' don't want t' be 
leanin' on t' him f'r a lamp-post neither, cully, 
or Cock-eye nearly ate up our colonel t' other day. 
What did he say? Well, I didn't hear, but I 
heard ol' Ben thump th' table, an' our colonel jist 
a-litin* out 's if th' hook an' lackler 'd struck him." 

" What was it about ? " I inquired. 

" Don't 'zac'ly know, but 't was somethin' "bout 



l!t-2 FAl'UER ACIAIXST Sd.V. 

that lie (lid iTt like "t "cause nur (if'ccrs M strung 

sonic "f till' lllcll U}) 1>V til" t lllllllllS. "" 

\Vlicii the general lia<l Iiccn tn the t'i»rt. lie ranie 
down with scvci'al of his stal'f, and stood foi' a time 
on the deck of the " I'"ann\'."" 

'"I am gi>ing to s|»cak to him."" 1 said. 

•• lU'ttci' kffp away from him." said IMiil : "'he 
looks to nil' like a frllcr lliat would cat a (•ha[i at 
one gulp."" 

lint disregarding both IMiihs and I')lendei'"s cau- 
tions, I A\-ent n{i to him and taking otf m\- hat said, 
*'('an I sjteak' to \(»n. general'/"" 

lie ga\'e me a i'a[>id and stern glance, and 
looking down into my face said sharpl\-. " What 
is it?"" and then added, "I don"t connnand the 
navy." 

" I don"t l)elong to the navy, general."' I said. 
''I was shipwrecked on Ifatteras and was made ii 
prisoner, and made my escape in a boat to the 
stpiadron. I want to get home." 

•'Where do youl)elong?" in(^uired the general 
in a modified tone. 

"In ( 'onneetieut. sir,"" I replied: "I am the 
grandson of Ilezekiah Perkins, of Wichnor. I "ve 
heard him mention you — you were his lawyer in 
a !)ig land ease."" 

The general eyed me sternly for an instant, but 
I met his eye unflinchingly. 

'^ Yes, yes,"' he tinally said ; '" I remember him. 
''What can I do for vou ? " 



ON simni-: after the battle. 10:'. 

'*! want to g'et lioine lirst. and then I want to 
get an appointment in the navy to tiglit for my 
conntiTi generaL I 've been a sailor, but I 've had 
a good education/* 

''Well," said the general, making a few rapid 
scratches in a note-book, "T will see what I can do. 
You and your friend can go to the flag-ship with 
me when we go ; we shall be going soon now."' 

In a few minutes a group of Confederate officers 
came to the " Fanny " to visit the flag-ship, and 
tender their s;irrender to the flag-officer, C^ommo- 
dore Stringham. 

As I left the " Fanny " I found Phil and Blen- 
ders ready to congratulate me on having, as Phil 
said, '•'• interviewed Ben Butler and escaped with 
my life to tell the story."' 

"■ Le 's look at you,"' said Phil laughingly : " are 
you much bit up ? " 

I told Phil of my interview, in a few words, and 
said, "We are to go to the flag-ship on this boat, 
the ' Fanny.' " 

" You "ve got cheek 'nough f'r a double row "f 
teeth an' a high collar,"' said Blenders admiringly. 
" So you 'r' kitin' home, are you ? Well, I wish I 
was goin' t' N' Yo'k." 

The last we saw of Blenders he was resting one 
shoulder on the spile of the landing, with both 
hands in his pockets, and with one leg thrown over 
the other in the very attitude of a Bowery boy with 
the blues. 



11)4 FA III III! AdMXST So.X. 

We were soon oii the 'leclv of the liucj'e •■ Miniie- 
sola,'" wliicli wr t'oiiiel to Ix' a iiia^iiilied ('(litioii of 
the '• Moiitict'Uo "" ill clcaiiliiiess and neatness. 

And licre I found inxsclf face to face \\-itli (xen- 
eral Ihitlci'. lie L;a\'' mt' ;i scn'ci'c look, and then, 
\\itlioiit a Word (o inc. tiiinc(l and lookc(l IMiil o^"er 
from hcail \i > fool, and said : 

'• AVliat jiosition do yoii liold in tlic ]'cl)el army, 
and how came \dn here '/ "" 

•"This is ni\- cliiim. L;'cncral."" I sai(h " lie is n't 
a i-clx'l : lie e\chanL;-e(l liis I'a^'u'ed suit for that one, 
\\liich he h)iiiid at the fort."" 

*■^'ou"ll do."" said tlu' n'eiiei-al. with a grim 
smih'. " \'ou '\(.' l)eL;aiii reprisals ali'cady."" and with 
this remark he went to the commodore's caltin. 

After standiiiL;' around on the decl-; for a while 
admiriiiL;' the neatness and order that prevailed 
ever\\\ here, A\'e Aveie eoinhicted hy a petty officer 
to our temporary (piarters. 

The next uiorniny early we were on deck, and 
at ahout ten o"(do(dv wei'e summoned to the com- 
modore's ofhce, where we found (ieneral r)utler and 
Flay-oi'ticei' Strin^ham. And here also, to nn' sur- 
prise, 1 found John Nixon, just leaving- the cabin. 

The conniio(h)re was a stately, elderly man with 
tlie manner of one accustomed to eonnnand, but at 
the same time very gentlemanly. The commodore 
nodded to the general, as nnich as to say, (lo on ; 
and the general proceedtnl to })ut a few sliarp 
in(j[uiries about John Xixon, and made me tell my 



Oy SlfcRK AFTEll I'llE BATTLi:. VX) 

story of iK'ing- cast away, and also our esra[)e from 
the rebels. I inferreil that some doul)ts had been 
entertained of John's relial)ility and loyalty, for one 
of the (piestions asked was : 

" What was the occupation of John Nixon while 
3'ou were with him ? '" 

'' Fishing," said Phil, ^'' and dodging around to 
keep out of tlie way of the rebs."' 

Phil's re[)ly provoked a smile, and then the gen- 
eral gave him a stare from under his drooping eye- 
lids, and proceeded to cross-examine him and me, 
occasionally turning his face to the commodore 
as if to call his attention to some answer of ours. 
His (piestions were so sharp, and at times savage, 
that I felt, as Phil said when we got out of the 
cabin, " If I 'd had anything on ]ny conscience 
I \1 been scared." As we came on deck we met 
John again, and were told by him that he Avas just 
going to see General Butler once more. 

In a short time w^e met John in a highly elated 
mood. 

" That Ben Butler is a right good man, give me 
these," said John, showing us two golden half- 
eagles ; "• said I earned 'em yesterday ; an' he give 
me this letter to Colonel Hawkins, an' says he '11 
give me regular pay to pilot an' t' find Avhat th' 
rebs 's doin'." 

We shook hands with the dear fellow and sent 
our respects to his wife, and our thanks for all she 
had done for us. 



lOG 



FArilKR AnAIXST SON. 



Our voyage (o Ilimi[)t(iii IJoads was uuevontful, 
cxct'})! that ill ()l)S('i'\iriL;- tin' drill and seamanship 
Mil hoard we iK-eaiiK' infatuated with life on a 
lllan-of-\^'ar. 

( )n our arii\al at Fort Monroe we were, throuo-li 
llie kindness of (ieiieral Uiitler. L;'i\en transporta- 
tion pa[)ers fur Wiehnor, hy the way of Washing- 
ton. 



noMi:. swiiET Home. 1!>" 



CHAPTER XVII. 



HO^IE, 8AVEET HOME. 



The trip to Washington was made by night, and 
we passed through the city the next morning so 
qiiiekly tliat we saw hnt little of it, except the mud 
through which we wallowed, and some of its sliarp 
contrasts of sfjualid suburbs, and classic and im- 
mense public buildings. 

Xothing that concerns our story occurred until 
we reached Baltimore, Avdiere, after having crossed 
the city from one station to another, we found our- 
selyes obliged to w^ait for a train before proceeding 
to New York. While here an incident occurred 
which came near placing Phil and me under lock 
and key. 

It will l)e remembered that Phil was dressed in 
Confederate uniform, while I wore the uniform of 
the United States nayy, and that we wore tliese 
because we had Jio other clothing or money to 
purchase any. 

While Phil and I sat in the waiting-room chat- 
ting and reading a newspaper, a thick-set, roughly- 
dressed man came up to us, and gras[)ing both Phil 
and me by the collar, said in sharp, peremptory 
tones, '' Here, come with me, I want you," and 
with this began to drag us away. 



10s FA Tin: II AdAlXST SOX. 

" Will yoii [ilcasc tell lis what we liavc done, 
sir'/"" I said as ivsjicct fully as I could. To this 
ivasoualik' iu(|uir\' he ,L;':ivt' a roun'h I'fjoindci'. 
whcrfUiMui I hc^aii to resist, ^\'ll<'n he siia|i|HMl a 
pail' of haiidcuiVs on iii\ wrists, and. IMdl. who u[» 
to that time had made no resistance, wreiiehril hiiu- 
sclf loose and ran awav. 

••We are on our w"a\' hoiiie. our transportation 
pa])ers are here."" I said. indicatiuL;- where. He 
thi'ust his hand into my pocket and seized the 
}»apers, and without lookiuL;' at them transferred 
them to his own. 

•• Will \du please look at those [ia[)ers. and let 
me know xoiir authority for arrestini;' me'/'" I sai(L 

••I'll show you my authority." lie said, with a 
sa\aL;'e }iiill at my handcuffed wrists, at \\'hicli I 
cried out and l>ee.an to resist with all my sttd)l)orn- 
ness and strength. 

The scene hy this time had caused (ptite a ntiniher 
of persons to gather around, and to them 1 ap})ealed, 
Avhen the hrute struck me a stagyerinn' blow with 
his list. 

Two men in the uniform of the navy had lyy tliis 
time come up. and one of them said, in very (jtiiet 
l)ut (h'cided tones. '"AVhat is all this about'/ " 

" I am a (kdeetive, this man is a deserter, that"s 
what "s the matter." said my ca[)tor sarcastically, 
fa.cing with me the men wdio wore the navy l)lue. 
As my face was turned to them I at once recognized 
the officer. 




'TAKE THOSE HANDCUFFS Orp "THAT YCJK. 



\N'S 'PRISTS 



HOME. SWEET HOME. l!»0 

"Mr. Beli: Mr. lU'll!"' I cried out, -you kuow 
me. That uian lias takeu away the transportation 
papers given us ; we are just going home I "* 

The detective was just al)Out to strike nie 
again, when Mr. Bell said : 

'' Xo more of that, sir I I am a naval officer, and 
if you have any warrant for his arrest I would like 
to see it." 

'•'• I am on the lookout for such men," said the 
detective, "and don't have a warrant; don't need 
one." 

" I know this man," said Mr. Bell, '' and will he 
responsible for him." 

"■ I don't know you," said the self-styled detec- 
tive, " and for all I know you may be a deserter 
yourself." 

"I think you know me, though," said Mr. Bell's 
companion, now pushing himself in front of the 
detective. 

The ruffian's face fell as he abjectly stannnered 
out, "I didn't know you, sir, I — I " — 

" Take those handcuffs off that young man's 
wrists ; restore those papers ; now apologize to 
this officer." 

This Avas uttered in a tone of stern authority, and 
the detective, whose manner at once had become 
changed, said: 

" There 's been so many deserters since the bat- 
tle of Bull Run that we 've liad to be a little rough, 
and arrest men on suspicion ; there was no offence 



2(10 



I\[T]I]:i; AdAlNST ><ox. 



iiitriidcd to \(nir tVifii(]. and I liojn' lir will jiass l>v 
iii\' i'(iii;_;liiic>s. I'crliaps I am a little too zealous."" 

'■ Now \oii liaxc a|ioloL;i/.fd. take yourself off: 
and if 1 do catcli you at anytliiiiL;' like tliis work 
ai^-ain. I will make it my duty to see you taken 
care of."" said tlie ollieer. 

The l)rute sluidv away like a wln[(ped eur. I 
tlianke<| the oflicer f(»r his timely interference, and 
also thaid<ed Mr. \\A\. 

•• AVe thought you were dead,"* said Phil, who 
had keen standing' in the crowd, hut who now 
came up to shak'e hands \\\{\\ Mi'. IJell. This was 
the first that lie had seen of Phil (at this time), 
and he was at a loss to kixiw who he was: hut 
when he recognized him he shook hands \\\X\v hiiu 
ver\- heartily, and said : 

•' I would as soon have expected to see a ghost 
as to see either of you. As you said to me, I 
thought \'ou were hoth drowned."" 

\\'e told our storv in hrief. and ex}ilained liow it 
was that we weri' not in citizen's dress. 

It turned out that Mr. P>ell was waitino- foj- the 
same train to New York that we were, and that his 
friend liad come to the station with him to see him 
off. 

^Ir. Pxdks friend spoke very kindly to us hefore 
leaving, and to my surprise addressed Mr. Bell as 
lieutenant. 

AVe were so delighted to get out of our serape, 
and at the same time to meet our former second 



HOME, SWIll'/r JJUMI:. 201 

mate, tliat our joy more thai\ eoiuiterl)alaiieed our 
former elian'rin. 

On our wdv to New York we sat together. 

"We thought you wi-re drowned.** I again said 
to him, " though we heard at C'liicamaeomieo that 
one man was saved from the wrecd-:, and that an- 
other man had eonie ashore in a hoat, and A\'e 
thought that man may have been the Irishman 
we called Blarney.*' 

"• The one that was saved from the wreck was 
I,** said Mr. Bell, "and the other man I think was 
Blarnev- He enlisted in the Confederate service, 
and as I was acquainted with one of the officers at 
the forts I Avas allowed to ship on board an Eng- 
lish vessel bound for Halifax, and from tliere got 
back to the States. Through the influence of the 
friend you saw Avith me at Baltimore, I have been 
ap[iointed a volunteer officer in the navy."" 

" How was it that you got ashore ? "' I inquired. 
" We saw you reach the l)reakers, but that was the 
last we saw of you." 

He told us that he had been stunned and dazed 
by being dashed against a piece of timber just 
before reaching the surf, but had instinctively kept 
himself afloat while being swept here and there at 
the mercy of the waves, and when just about to 
give up, a piece of plank that had floated from the 
brig struck against him ; this he grasped with the 
tenacity of a drowning man, and finally threw him- 
self across it. After this he remembered but little 



202 FATUIJl AdAIXXT Soy. 

until soiiu' men witli a boat I'cscnt'd him at the 
inlet, ^\•llel■e the tide, lie was t(ihl. liad })rohal)ly 
eari'ied liim. Idie men wlio liad I'escued him 
assnre(| him that tlie liri^;' liad L;('ne tn pieres. and 
that iKiUe i>]\ lioai'd had l)eeii saved: they tool-; liim 
til ( 'hicamacdmicd. and t'nim thence to Hattei'as 
hdet. 

( )n our ai'i'i\al in New York, Mr. Hell insistiMl 
on h'ndiii!.;' eacli of us mone\- enoUL;li to })ureliase 
a L^ood suit of rlothes. I sai(h '• ^\^■ ha\H' friends 
at home wlio are not |»(tor. and we shall he witli 
tiiem to-mori'ow'."" 

"• It is heeause \du will he anioiiL;' friends soon 
that I insist on leiidiuL;' \'ou enoUL;'h money for that 
|iUi-])ose,"" said Ml', liell. '" Vou suredv won't re- 
fuse to accept a small favoi' from \"oui' shipmate. 
If a man e\cr ni'eds to ap[)ear in L;()od divss it is 
anioiiL;- friends." 

So he went ^^'ith us to a (dothin^'diouso and sjient 
a half-hour in littiny eatdi of us with a neat tdtizen's 
suit. 

After this he aecom})anied us to the Wiclmor 
boat, and upon my ri'marking- that he seemed very 
familiar with the city he readied: 

"Yes: I used to live here. Some of the pleas- 
antest and some of the saddest liours of my life 
have l)een spent here : and I am here now to make 
inquiries regarding ptM)ple \'ery dear to me."' 

lie sliook hands with us in a very ph^isant man- 
ner, and wished us all kinds of good fortune. " I 



HOME. SWRET TI(?ME. 203 

am o'lad to have nu't you a^'ain," he said, ''and if 
I can l)e of any use to you hereafter, let nie 
know." 

The steamer had started when it occurred to us 
that we had neglected to get our former mate's 
address, in order to repay him tlie money loaned us. 
We were vexed at ourselves for our thoughtless 
neglect, and Phil exclaimed : 

"' That 's just our luck, as soon as we got track 
of him to lose sight of liim again. I never saw a 
man I liked so well exce[)t your father, and Mr. 
Bell lias some ways that are just like his."' 

When we awoke in the morning and went on 
deck we found the hoat op[iosite Rivermouth. not 
many miles from our home. .Vs we came in sight 
of Wichnor. its houses nestling among the foliage 
far upon the heights, or on a level wath the river, 
and its churches and public Ijuildings gilded by 
the rays of the morning sun, made a scene more 
beautiful than words can express. I tried to say 
something of this to Phil, lait my words clioked 
me, and the tears started to my eyes unljidden. 
I then saw that there were tears in his eyes, and I 
knew he understood me. 

And then (my heart sank at the thought) sup- 
pose something has happened to mother during 
these months since I last heard from home. But 
this thought I did not long retain, for, youth-like, 
I thought that what I wished nuist be. 

As we neared the wharf Phil said : 



204 FA Til FA! AGAINST SON. 

'•IIcz, there's tlie place \\liei'e I pulled von out 
(if tlie water yeai's aij;'(), and there's Aour ^randjia's 
house, — and, by (ieoi'^'e. we are almost in I It 
seems a thousand years since we left the dear 
[)laee." 

We laniled and made our wa\" thi'oUL;'h the 
sti't'cls. It was early moi'inn^- and hut fe\\" of the 
people were yet mo\ in^'. 

We were not iiioi'e than lialf-wa\" up tlu- stivet 
— I say •• u}) "" advisedly, foi'the ascent of the sti'eet 
was as stee}i as the r(»of of a lionsc — when M"e 
saw \'a_L;' nosiuL;' around in a neii;hl)orini4- \-ard. 

T jiut my tinkers to my mouth and L;ave a sharp 
and [lecnliar whistle \\\{\\ which I was accustomed 
to call him. I le sto})[ie(l and looh'cd around in a 
surjirised and thou^'htful maimer, as if he could 
not l)(die\'e his eai's, and then resunuMl his nosing'. 

"Here, X^a^'," \ called, and he came like a shot 
out of the yard and IooIvimI up and down the street, 
snuffed the air \\'ith a foolish, suspicious look, as if 
to say : 

"That sounds like Ilez Johnstone, but most 
likely I am bein^' fooled." 

Phil and I both burst into laughter at Vag's look 
of comical suspicion and amazement, at hearing 
wdiicli, as if it dispelled all doubts, he came l)ound- 
ing u})on us. whining and yelping with the greatest 
deliglit, and then ran in eir(des arouml us, bai'king 
in the most extravagant maimer. 

He had not ceased these antics when we readied 



HOME. SWEET HOME. 205 

the stone stei)s tliat led to grandfather's lionse, and 
my mother eame to the ()[ten door to see what was 
ihe matter. She ran down the steps to greet ns. 
l-'iir the time lier eool New Enghmd reserve was 
thoronghly thawed, and she cried and hmghed in 
tlie same breath. 

She had received the evening before a letter that 
I mailed to her at Fort Monroe. She had also seen 
an account of the wreck of the " Favorite," in 
which it was said that all on board perished except 
two persons. 

The months that passed until she heard from 
me had l)een sorrowd'ul ones for my poor mother, 
though she had insisted that I was still alive. 

My grandfather, whose icy exterior very seldom 
showed emotions, was quite demonstrative for him. 

He held out both hands, which trembled as he 
said : 

" My dear boy, it does me more good to see you 
than — than — ten thousand dollars ; yes, and I "m 
glad to see you too, Philip." 

While at breakfast we told the outlines of our 
story, and especially dwelt upon that part of our 
experience which related to the battle at Hatteras 
Inlet, and our interview with General Butler and 
the admiral of the war squadron. 

"• You were pretty l)right to get out of it alive," 
said grandfather. " Yes, I call it pretty smart. 
Hez, you 've got some of the Perkins push in ye I 
guess, and will make your way in life." 



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F.\TlIi:i! ACMXS'r SOX. 



■• (^)uitc ;i iIkiw."" said I'liil. winkiiiL;- at iiii- aftt-r 
i;'raii(lt'atli('r had L;iiiir dUl. "-If smiuc of the folks 
aroinid litTc (•( luld liavc licard him tlit-v woidd haw 
lli(iU'4ht him cra/.x"."" 

l-^\i'ii m\ mutlicr. who oxcrhcard tliis remark. 
hiil;4li(M| and said : 

" \'oiir L^raiidtallicr has L;'nt fcfliii^s. lnu he doii"t 
show tlicm ol'lfii : he fell [irctly had wlieii he 
thought \(>ii wi'rc di'ow 1H'(1."" 

It wa^ rfilaiid\" a rccomjiciise for mv liai'dshi}is 
and snllrriiiLis to reccixc snch a xx'tdconu' lionu.'. and 
it was all the more a[)]ireeiatiMl heeanse it was in 
contrast with the treatment we had tifteii reeeiveil 
while ahsent. It enal)le(l me to see the dit'ferenee 
hetweeii tliose who were aetnated hy real affection 
for me and tliose wlio wei'e indifferent. 

After liieal'chist L;randhither and IMhl went down- 
town, and in\' mother and Iliad a Ioiil;'. alfeetioiiate, 
and conlideiitial talk. 

I mentioned that I had lieard al)out my i'utlier at 
Newheriie, when ^he. to in\' sur]>rise, said she liad 
reeeiveil se\eral letters from him while I had 
l.)een altseiit. The tirst of these was (kited shortly 
after I left home, and in it he said, •' I have writ- 
ten se\'eral letters to whiidi I lia.ve reci'ived no 
answer," ami then meiitioiu'il sendini;' a draft 0:1 
New ^'ork for a hnndred dollars: he sai<l that the 
peo})le were distrustful of those who had Xortlu-rn 
correspondents, and he sometimes thounht the mails 
were tampered with. In anuthei' letter he s[)oke 



HO mi:, sweet home. 207 

of the growing bad feeling against the North, whicli 
was l)eing fostered for political })nrposes. and inci- 
dentallv spoke of the secession sentiment as "'a 
craze of an honr which will soon die ont."' He 
farther mentioned the bitter feeling against North- 
ern sympathizers, as those Avere styled who said a 
word in defence of Northern people, and said that 
liehadl)een ol)liged to be carefnl in order not to be 
phiced in a position of antagonism to those aronnd 
him. In another letter lie said that at his father's 
earnest wish he had accepted the captainc}' of a 
military company that had l)een formed in the 
connty. The next letter was dated after tlie attack 
on Sumter, and in it he deplored the growing senti- 
ment ill favor of secession, in North Carolina. In 
this letter was enclosed a draft on New York. 

The next letter had been written just after the 
secession of the State. In it he said there was 
talk of calling the regiment to which he belonged 
into the service for active duty ; l)ut he was confi- 
dent the l)etter sense of the people would prevail, 
and that there would be no bloodshed, and added, 
" If there is fighting I must go with my people." 

This Avas the last letter received from my dear 
father. There had never been any ex[)lanation of 
what had become of the letters written by him that 
my mother had failed to receive. 

After reading these letters \ said : " I am afraid 
there has been a conspiracy to draw father into a 
position where he cannot retreat without dishonor, 



ilOS 



i-.[Tiii:n .if.'AixsT soy. 



aiiil lliiit (lie rcasdii fur iiit(.'i'cr[)tiiiL;' liis lettrrs was 
to liirtliiT tliat plan, and ])(>ssil)l\- to liriiiL;' altout a 
l)r('acli Itctwccii liiin and \(»ii."" 

'riic next day. wdiilc IMiil and I wci't' (lowii-towii, 
a tall I't'lldw in a sli(i(d<innl\' ill-littiiiL;' suit of rni(_)ii 
Idiic l)l(ic];f(l oui' WAY on tlif sidewalk, saving' as 
lie extended his hand," I low he \-e '■' " and then we 
knew hy the X'oicethat it was Jim liishee. ■" Wal,'" 
s.dd he. •• they (hi tell nie that \'ou an" I'hil (iuiiev 
'v" lied jiei'ils liy lain] an* sea. An" 1 see h\- tli' 
niornin" paper that y" thiid>: o" o'oiiT int' th' navy. 
Wal, I don't lilame ^'e l'"r Iiein' a patriot. — I 'in one. 
tu, — hnt then I could n't stan" it t' he killed an' 
hev my stomach turne(l to]iside-tui'vy all 't the 
same time. Iladn't \'" hetter soi-t o' I'eeonsider 
the motion, as they say in taoun meetin" '/ Xaow 
we've !4ot a han^-up ri^'imint, an' mavhe ^■e 'd ^it 
t' 1)6 a eor[)oral "I' y' jined us." 

The thinn' that interested me in . I im's conversa- 
tion was that he intimated th.it we had L;dt into 
the pa[)ers. 

'• I low did the iiewspa})ei' know anythini;- alxmt 
lis, -lim ? " I asked. 

''Why, the hull taoun "s talkin" "haout ye. P'r- 
haps (lurley e'n tell ye haow th" pa[)ers got hold on 
't," said Jim, as he winked at Phil and walked off. 

"Well," confessed Phil. "I didn't know that I 
was talking for print, hnt a fellow talked to me at 
the store, and tliey told mv afterwards that he was 
a reporter on the ■ Messenger.' '' 



HOME, SWEET HOME. 209 

When I had got tlie pa[)er I found a cohiinii of 
matter under a l)in" searediead, giving an account 
of our adventures, and especially detailing our con- 
nection with tlie tight at Hatteras Inlet. 

On reading it I said to Phil : '' That news[)aper 
man seems to have pumped you pretty dry." 

" Yes," said Phil sheepishly, '' and he did it as 
slick as pulling a cork from a l^ottle. I had n't 
any idea that I was being interview"ed. He did n't 
say much, but he seemed so awfully interested that 
I let myself go." 

Phil, at this, looked so distressed that I laughed 
in spite of my disposition to be provoked and 
annoyed. 

On our way about the town we met the Hon. 
Whitcome Oute, who shook hands with us as if we 
were his dearest friends. 

I was much pleased at the notice of so distin- 
guished a man, and told grandfather of it. 

'' That 's just like Whit Cute," said he. " Ten 
chances to one he didn't know you, though. I 
was talking with him a day or two since, when a 
chap with a load of wood from Bean ^^alley stopped 
to say ^ How do ye do ' to him. Well, to see Whit 
shake hands with him you would certainly have 
thought they were the clearest friends. And then 
Whit said, ' I 'm busy just now, but call around to 
my office and we '11 talk over old times.' After 
the man had left he said to me, ' Perkins, who was 
that old chap ? ' 



L>1 (I 



FMIIFJI AdAIXST SON. 



'•• Villi sec."" swivasticallv cliiicklcfl ^Taiidfatlier, 
'• lliat "s part of a jiiililic iiiaiTs stocl-: in trade: lir 
has ti) prctcinl In Iximw' cNtTxlKKly. 

^•Tlif |iifcc ill tlic [lajK-f." said lie. •• won't do 
you aii\ lianii and iiia\' d(» vou niori' L;'(>iid than \(Ui 
thiid\ till-. l*nlilic iiumi like to lRd[t thosu who 
lia\c hcfii noticed in the jiapcrs."' 

Al'tci- tliis 1 (h'li'ctcd him niailiiiL;- to dil'lV-rciit 
[icrsons copies ol' the pajier tliat eoiitained tliis 
leleienee to Phil and nie. 



IN THE .V.ll^}'. 211 



CHAPTER XViri. 



IN THE NAVY. 



At the time of wliirli I write, the attention of 
the conntry was direeted to the Army of tlie 
Potomac. tJK'n heing organized l)y (ieiieral (leorge 
B. MeC'kdlan. It was expected that it wonld 
soon wipe ont the disgrace and retrieve the disas- 
ter of the defeat at lUiIl Pnn, which had humiliated 
Northern pride and correspondingly encouraged the 
insurgent South. But little public attention was 
given to our navy, and wliile our j-oiuig and 
adventurous men crowded to enlist in our armies 
there was not a corresponding enthusiasm to serve 
on the sea. 

On the other hand, a large number of trained 
officers of Southern birth had left our service to 
cast their lot with the Confederacy, while those 
seamen who had returned from stations al)road, 
and whose terms of enlistment had expired, were 
ini[)atient to be discharged to enjoy that shore lib- 
erty — and to spend their money in a manner dear to 
a sailor's heart. Cwing to these I'easons there was 
an unusual opportunity for well-educated young 
men to rise in the naval service, and Grandfather 
Perkins, fcjreseeing this, exhibited unusual interest 



■2^■l 



FA riiiiii A(;a/xst soy. 



ill rii(lc;i\'()iiii^' to L;t't IMiil and nic in :i position 
to Itc adxaiiccd tlicrcin. Tlic lion. Wliitconif 
Cute liad adxiscd that wr sliould cndraNur to 
])ass an cxainiiiat ion in order to entiT an ad\aiiccd 
(dass at tlic Annapolis Xa\al Scliodl. wliri'c. it' wc 
wci'c al)lf to ]iass sncli an rxaniinat ion. we slioidd. 
after reiiiainiiiL;' a \-eai' or more. ilonl)lless recei\c 
apjHiintnients as niidsliijinien. and also start witli 
(lie ad\"antaL;'e of a teelinical edneation in na\al 
affairs. lint tliis sound ad\iee receixcd Unt little 
attention from two iieadsti'on^' l)o\s. and (irand- 
fatliei' Terkins was not a L;i'eat lieliex'ei' in wliat 
lie seoi'iifidh" ealled liook-learnin^' : lie l)elii'\'e(l 
that practice is superior to theory, and. as he 
termed it. ■•one niontli in the iia\y. in time of 
war. would be better schooliiiij;' for N'oun^' men 
than all tlie naval academies in the woi'ld."' 

While this view- accorded well with the desii'es 
of both I'liil and myself, it was not by any means a 
correct one. Udie tlieor\- taug'ht by professors in 
S(di()ols is, after all. but the I'esnlt of the knowledn'e 
wlii(di others lia\c gained b\- practical experience 
and often by ""hard knoidx's." After accpiiriuL;' the 
theory through books, practice (piicdcly transmutes 
it into tlu' o-old of real jiractical knowded^'c. 

I do not remember (if 1 ever knew) just how 
it came about, but in December, by advice of 
o'randfatliei', who no (loul)t bad been advised l)y 
some one else. IMiil and I took tlie boat tor Xew 
York, and on the (kiv of our arrival w^ent over 



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to the Brooklyn Navy Yard and enlisted in the 
navy. 

From thence, after remaining on board the receiv- 
ing-ship for a short time, we were drafted and sent 
to the " Congress," then lying ;it Newport Xews. 
^"a., guarding the mouth of the James Kivcr. 

We arrived there the first of January in LSli.:. 
and were sent at once on board the '* Congress." 

On arriving on board, we reported to the exei'U- 
tive officer, Lieut. Joseph B. Smith. 

We were dressed in the becoming l)lue uniform 
of United States sailors, and as we saluted lie looked 
up pleasantly and said, in his deep mellow tones : 

'•'• So you have come to l)e sailors, have you ? "' 

I replied that I was hoping to become something 
besides a common sailor. 

" Well," he replied gravely, '' if you did n't expect 
to become anything better, I would advise you to 
jump overboard at once." 

He was dressed in navy blue, his face was dark 
with the tan of the tropics, and he had the bluff, 
cheery manner of a sailor, to whicli were added the 
manners of a gentleman. His high l)row and firm- 
set mouth, though the latter was concealed in part 
by a full beard, showed him to be a man of deter- 
mined character as well as of good intelligence. 
He liad a manner of mingled firmness and good- 
nature which made me like him at once, and I 
thouo'ht him an ideal sailor and g-entleman. 

He questioned us as to where we had been at sea, 



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;ill«l iisl\(M| us ;i tew otllfl' (illcstinlis aliiUlt nlir 

scIiooHul;'. and llini assi^i'iicfl us tn duty. 

I had Hot lifcii l(iu;4' (Ml llic •' ( '(iUL;TfSS "" Lcfore 
1 Icarnrd lliat. lliou^li iImtc was a larL^'c uniidtcr of 
Hicii llici'f. llici'f were l)Ul lew sailors aiuoiin' tliciii. 

( )iu' of till' old sailors wlioiii I uict had Ix'tMi oil 
hoard this vesstd for sc\t'i'al \ rars, lia\ iui;' rci'idistcd 
after tlircc \cars" scrxicc in hci- ou the liraziliaii 
station. lie was a man of nioi'c than ordinary 
inicUii^ciicc. and for a ^\■olld(■l•. as I aftcrwai'ds 
learned it to he aiiioiit;' sailoi's. did not drink 
sjurituous li(jUors. 

•• I should have thought,"" I said interroi^'atiNely, 
'• Aou would lia\'e sla\'e<l on shore awhile to sec 
\(iur folks." 

"Well. \'ouuListei'/" said .losiah I.eeeh. foi' such 
was his name. "I ha\'e n"t L;()t hithei'. niothei; or 
sisters lixiui;', lhonL;-h I ha\e ^dt a hrother some- 
w heri' driftiiiL;' around the world like niystdf. an' 
as I "m an American and we're likely to liave 
some work in the na\'\\ I stuck 1)\' the old " ( 'on- 
L^ress.' I know her fiom trmdv to keel:"" and 
the old salt smiled L;'ood-natn redly and stowed 
a larn'e (|uid (»f tohaceo in his cheek. " ^ es, 
xoniin'ster, I stood h\" this ci-aft \\hen, as you 
nii'4'ht saw tin' rats left her."' 

■• \Vhat do von mean hy rats, sir?"" I in(|uired. 

■■ Well, younester,"" said .losiah, turinng over his 
(piid to the othei' (dieek, ■' I ain"t callin' my old 
sliipnuites names by any means, Ijiit it 's a sayin' 



IN Till-: NAVY. 215 

'mono- sailors, an' a fact as wt'll. that if a ship is 
goiu" to meet with niisfortiuie, tliem gents, the 
rats, 'II leave beforehanil. Well, ever senee Ave 
come from the Brazilian station, my old shipmate, 
Jim Knowles, said the rats 've been leavin' this 
ship : saw some goin' ashore at Charleston my- 
self." 

'•'You don't believe that stuff?" I said interrog- 
atively. 

" Well," said Josiah, s})itting t)ver the rail con- 
templatively, •' not "nless they went in droves. 
Rats are good sailors, an' I guess some of 'em 
want a day oi' two on shore, like the res" of us." 

"You don't mean to say the crew left because 
the rats did '.'' " I inquired. 

" Well, no ; I don't mean that 'zactly. You 
see we *d l)een most three years on the Brazilian 
station, an" when we got to Charleston, our term 'f 
enlistment was about up. The men was wild for 
lilierty asliore. Jack, you know, earns liis money 
like a horse, an" spends it like a jackass, an" 'f 
they 'd just given Jack his liljerty for a few days, 
with a little inducement to join the ship again, 
tliey d "ave come back like a lot o' school-boys to 
tlieir homes after school. When Jack's money 's 
all gone you c"n handle him as easy as you c'n 
furl sails in a calm after a storm. The crew was 
promised tlieir discharge if they "d come down here 
where they would all be discliarged as soon as a 
ship could be got ready to relieve "em. But the 



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Naval nrpai-luiciit did iTt Ivcep tlicir })r()mis(.', an" 
the iiifii ^^as snlk'\ : tlicii, alter waitiii" six inoiitlis, 
tlicv .L;'nt so soi'i'-licadrd an' dissatislit'(l that they 
l)i'()l-;c' iidii o[icii iiiiitiiiy. ( )iir iiiu'lit they tlirt'W 
()\('i'l)(>ard the lories an' si^'ht-coNcrs : cnt sonic o 
the traiinn' lacdvlc to the i^uns. an" sonic of the ^nn 
l)i-c('cliiiiL;'. 'I'/ii'ii t lie order conic to discliar^'c them 
AN'hosc time "d expireth An" alter tha.t you could n"L 
^it one of 'cm aboard a^'iii witli a denitdv." 

'•Well/' I said, "it sccnis to nie the Xa\al 
I )ci)ai1 iiiciil should keep its a^rcciiicnts with sailors, 
if it expects tlicni to work willin^'h." 

•'Sailors." said Josiah. '•haxc no rights that 
captains feel hoiind to I'cspcct, an" here w'c arc 
with a lew sailoi's di'aftcd from the otiici- ships, an" 
a lot of ni'ccnhorns : what kind "f a chance do A\'e 
stand if them Soiitlici'ii hilks send out some ci'aft 
to lii^'ht us'/ ()f course we "11 lick "em some way, 
hut we ain't in slii])-sliape to do it. 

''Ilci'e "s ahout two hundred men aboard that 
"d lie seasitd'C in a calm : them fellers from Fort 
l''dlswortli are nice l)oys enoULj'h, hut thev don't 
know till' Hyini;' jih-hoom from a marlin-spike. 
We've got some good ol'licei's as there is in the 
service, and that's the reason 1 "\'e stU(d\ to tiie 
ship after the rats have had the intelligence to 
leave.*" 

And Josiah gave a hitch to his trousers ami 
went to work [tolishiug with heeswa.x the huge 
gun numher ^- on the starboard side of the ship, 



IX THE NAVY. 217 

SO one could see his face in the shine of it, " o-ood 
enough," as Josiah said, •' to shave l)y." 

Phil and I. and a young fellow named Wilson, 
were selected with others to serve as a gun's crew to 
a thirty -two pounder on the gun-deck. I^eech 
was hrst captain, Wilson second captain, I was 
iirst loader, Phil second loader, Avhile two raw- 
Ijoned fellows of what \\as called tlic Fort Ells- 
worth men were first and second spongers, while 
the side tacklemen Avere of the same croAvd ; in all, 
thirteen men, including the powder-men, or, as the 
sailors call them, '* powder-monkeys." 

On the gun-deck there were fourteen of these 
guns each on the port and starboard sides, and tAvo 
at the stern on the same deck, while on the upper 
deck, which is usually called the spar-deck, were 
fourteen short thirty-two pounders. I soon became 
proficient in the gun-drill, and Phil with his usual 
quickness '' took to it, " as Josiah said, '' like a baby 
to its mother's milk." Leech took much pains 
when at leisure to teach us points in gunnery and 
seamanship). On my part I was not only observ- 
ant, but gave all my spare time to tlie study of the 
"Ordnance Instructions," a copy of which I bor- 
rowed of Josiah, so that though not as quick at 
learning as Phil I made up in attention and study 
for it, and in a month's time very few things in 
serving a gun were unfamiliar to me. 

One circumstance occurred which brought me 
into favor with the captain. I was called to his 



21.S FATHER A a A INST SON. 

cahiii ill tlic absence of liis elei'k. to do some writ- 
iiiL;-, ami, as I liaxc l)et'oi'e iulimated in these jiatj'es. 
I |ii'i(leil m\sell' oil wi'itiiin' a ra[>i(l ami k\L;'il»li' 
hand, as well as lieiiiL;' (juiek and eoiTeet at liLi'ures. 
'The captain was |ilease(| to notice this, and ask'e(l 
me some (jiU'stions ahoiit m\' ex[iei'ience as a saihu'. 
and this incident, as it will he seen, afterwards hore 
frnit. 

I was telling- IMiil of the notice I i-eceived in the 
captain's cahin. when he said lani4'hinL;l\' : 

'' Well, old how W'e aint L;'ettini_;' pi'omotioii very 
fast : hut hist captain on a L;nri liei'e seems more of 
an olHce than an ensign's appointment did on shoi'e 
at home. It doiTt seem that we A\'ill liave any 
ti^htiii',;', either."" 

'' I L^'uess." said I. *■ w'e "ve n'ot as hi^'h positions 
as oiir knowdefl^'e will entitle ns to at [iresent, and 
as for h^litinL;' I ain"t haid-;erinn' after it."" 

'' l^'or m\ pait."" said Phil, *■ I am eonsiderinn' 
mys(df liud<y they did n"t make me a }iowder- 
mold\'ey.'" 

'' We are likidy to have some iii^'htini;-,"" I said. 
"\ heard the captain talkinn' with l>ieutenant Smith 
ahoiil an iron vesstd the Southerners ai'e huilding' at 
Norfolk. I'he captain seemed to think that any 
kind of a ci'aft that they min'ht l>uild would not 
amount to nnieh ; hut tlie lieutt'iiant said that he 
knew lirooks (who is said to liave eontrived tlie 
iron-elad ), and that lie is a harddieaded, sensible 
ol'iicei', though just a little ci'anky on the subject 



IN Till': NAVY. 219 

of iroii-flads. Tie also said lit- liad lieard tliiit old 
Frank liudiaiiaii is to coniniaiid the iron-clad that 
they have made from the old ' ^lerrimaek,' and if 
this is true tliere will l)e some hot work ent out for 
us (that is. if the iron-tdad idea is g'ood foi- any- 
thing), for there is n't a more determined or eapahle 
officer afloat, so Smith said, than Buchanan." 

Tliere had been some talk alxnit an iron-elad 
among the men, for whatever is talked of in the 
cabin finds its way to the sailors of a ship. 

When I spoke to Leech about tlie iron-clad he 
exclaimed: 

''Avast tliere, you luliberl Iron ain't the stuff 
to carry much aboveboard on the water: it's all 
well enough on land, but blast my eyes, "tween 
me and the mainmast, I 'd rather have a plank 
o' good oak, afloat, than a ton of iron I " 

And in this opinion Josiali voiced tlie general 
opinion of the slii^)'s company, or its sailors at 
least. 

It is Avell to say here that the authorities at 
Wasliington were a-ware that an iron-elad was l^uild- 
ing at Norfolk, and the secretary of the navy had 
before that time contracted for every form of an 
iron craft then known to naval men, and one, as 
will be seen, tliat was never known of before in 
naval architecture. 

AVe heard nothing more about our appointment 
to some better position than that of common 
sailors, and the only letter I received from grand- 



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f.['j/i/:j; AdAjy.'^'r ,sux. 



fatliLT simplv I'oiiiisclcd inc to ]te patit ;)t and learn 
all I could. ^ 

Tlu'rc siHin occuiTt'd an cwnt tliat not only 
l)i'(ikt' tlic nii>ii()i(iii\ 111 si/a-lifc. l)Ut \\lii(.-li L;a\«' ns 
ii.Li'litiiiL;' i'1I(iul;1i to last niosi l)oys a lifetime : an 
extMit that will not onl\- lie iinniortal in story lor 
all time. InU wliidi also in a single day revolution- 
i/.e(| naval wartari'. and made the ^\l»oden \'essels 
of all the na\'ies of the world impotent. 



THE ADVENT OE THE - MERJiLUACK." 221 



CHAPTER XIX. 

THE ADVEXT OF THE *•' MERKOrACK." 

The muriiini;- of the 8tli of ^laivli Avas calm 
and beautiful. The sun slione in a sky of unelonded 
splendor, lighting up with golden flashes the gently 
undulating waters of Hampton Roads. 

Our good ship lay at anchor not five hundred 
yards from the shore of Newport News, where we 
could hear tlie beat of the drums and the shrill 
music of the fifes that roused soldiers in the camp 
on the bluff opposite to us. On that morning I 
remember the merry clack of voices that followed 
the breakfast call on shore, the grateful fragrance 
of the pines wafted to us on the morning breeze, 
and the indescribable smell of land that comes to 
the sailor on the sea. 

.Vs soon as the sun was well up, our sails (that 
had been wet hy a shower during the night) 
were loosened, that they might dry. This was 
preceded by the usual scrubbing of the decks, 
and other duties that begin the day on board a 
man-of-war. 

Up-stream, a few hundred yards from us, and a 
little farther off shore than the ''Congress,*' lay 
the " Cumberland,*' swinging lazily atanclior on the 



F. I THE II AfiA fXS 7 ' .s' OX. 



incoming' tidf, wiili licr Ijoats li;iiiL;iiii-;' to licr lower 
liodiiis. ;iii(l 1 lie w ;inIiiiil;' nt licrsailoi's iii t lie i'iL;'4'iiiL;'. 
I In- l()l'l\' sides 1111(1 lici' liiiit riLj'L^'in^' oiuliiicil on 
tlic water uimI sk\ made lier look like "a paiiiteil 
sliijt iij)oii a painted ocean. 

Seven uiile^ or more away towai'ds I''oi1 Monroe 
Wi'Vi' llie "Minnesota." tlie " lioaiioke. and the 
"St. Lawrence."" liesides se\'eral L;'nn-li(»ats. 

In tile lia/.\' distance across tlie (dianiiel was to 
l)e seen tlie lowland of ('i'aiie\ Island and Se\\-(drs 
i'oiiit. at the month of the I-^li/.aliet li Iki\'er. 

All the time we had lain liei'e. there had heeii, as 
I ha\c elsewhere said, riinioi's of a dan^'crons ii-oii- 
(dad ci'al't that was hnildinn' at Norhilk to (lesti-o\' 
onr licet at lIam|iton Utiads - -not that an\- one on 
hoai'd was alarmed thci'eat, I oi' the did sailors scol't'ed 
at aiiv suidi " lioise-marine cont ri\ aiice " !)einL;' able 
to stand a Itroadside iVom one of our shijis, uiueh 
less that (»f our whole lleet. 

It was eight o"cloci<: oi' past, while I was on tlie 
spai' de(d<, when I lieai'd the ol'licer of the dt'ck sav 
that then' wei'e two steamei's in the .lames Ili\'er 
ahout tweh'e miles distant. I did not learn his 
conclusions re^ardiiiL;' them, and the remark was 
of so little interest to me at the time that 1 doubt 
if 1 slioidd have I'ecalled it hut for the terrible and 
tragic oceuri'ences that follo\ve(l. 

The captain had l)eeu detatdieil from the ship, 
lea\inn' the executive oftic-ei' in command. 

At about ten o'cloid-: there M'as observed from 



THE ADVENT OF Till-: - MERIUMACK." l>2;') 

our (k'l'ks li»iig lines of l)laek sinokf in tlif diivt-- 
tion of Norfolk, indicatino- that steanit-rs M'ere 
coming down tlic Elizabeth IJiver. The l)laek 
smudge of smoke eonstantly increased in volume, 
^yhen, at about one o'cloek, three steamers rounded 
Se well's Point, and wt're visible from the deck of 
the "Congress.*' Then our crew l)ecame aware 
(hoAV, I do not remend)er) that the iron craft of 
which Ave had heard was one of these vessels. 

This, however, did not alarm us. I remember 
that old Josiali said, as lie rolled his (juid in his 
mouth with a half smile of evident contempt, when 
I asked him what lie tliought about her, '' She "d 
better give tis a wide l)erth, youngster, or we'll 
give lier a broadside that "11 send her to Davy 
Jones's locker like a shot."' 

"• But," I replied anxiousl}-, " they say she is all 
iron, Josiah." 

" Avast there, you land-lubber ! '' said he ; 
" she '11 sink all the quicker for it." 

And such was the general sentiment of the old 
sailors on board — one of contempt, rather than of 
doubt of the result in a battle betAveen us. 

Between one and two o'clock these hostile steam- 
el's were seen descending with the tide, and in their 
midst was a strange structure, or a [)ortion of it, 
protruding like the roof of a house from the water, 
surmounted by a smoke-stack. 

As they were apparently coming toAvard us, 
there Avas a bustle of preparation onboard our ship. 



■2-2A I'M' III: I! A'.Aixsr sox. 

Tilt' s;iils were iiuickly furled, the druiiis Ix'at to 
([Uarti'i's, tln' iiicii ti)i)k llicir stalidus. The q-nns 
were sliottctl, the iiiaqaziiics opened with the 
HUiiiiers at theii' posts. Shot, shell, and eartiid^'e 
were all in [daee. swords, pistols, and hoarding- 
pikes in the rack, while the sui-^-eons" tahle gleamed 
with kinves and saws, in tenilih- hut nee(ll'ul read- 
iness. 

As the iroii-elad slowK' neareil us. \-ouiil;' Wilson, 
w ho. though hut twenty years of aqe. was an old 
nian-oi-w ai's man, said : 

•• She niox'es awful slow : we "11 get a liek at her 
and sink her the lirst hi'oadsidt' I '" 

Little did we then realize that so many of our 
Itrave men would he slee}unL;' their last sleep heforc 
the sun weld down that nie-ht I 

At half-[)ast two the sti'ani^'e craft was l)ut a 
(piarter of a mile from us. Wv still awaited 
orders, and. with our e-uus trainetl at a pro[)er ele- 
vation, silently viewed her a})proaeh, T, on my part, 
with strange tremors of expeetatiou and nervous 
apprehension, while awaiting the oi'der to lire. 

lUd'oif this, howevei'. we had seen the "Minne- 
sota."" the " Koanoke,"" and the "St. Lawrenee "" 
hurrying towards us to take part in the tight, so did 
not in any Avay fear the general result of the et)n- 
tliet. 

The shore hatteries had already opened lire with 
})rodigious noise, if not with mueh result. Then 
the " ('und)erland "" opene(l with her lieavy pivot 



THE ADVEyr OF Till-: ■• Mi:niiIMA('Ky 225 

UTius. and we wore astonished that the strange non- 
descript was still corning on witliout reply. Snd- 
denlv a flash amid smoke came from her l)ows, and 
then a roar as the shot struck our sides and rattled 
on our decks. 

Then the long-expected order came for us to 
open tire. The lanyards were pulled, and when 
the smoke cleared we expected to see lier sinking. 
What was our surprise to see her apparently unin- 
jured, moving from us. Her starhoard })orts flew 
open and her terril)le l)roadside smote us with 
a tearing, crasliing sound impossihle to describe. 
Then, without taking further notict^ of us for the 
time being, she slowly passed us within three hun- 
dred yards, making towards the " Cumberland," 
Avhicli, with the shore batteries, w^as firing every 
gun that would bear on her. But never did brave 
men make a more hopeless battle. To our 
dismay we saw the shot glance from the sides 
of the iron craft, apparently making no more im- 
pression on her than if they had been foot-balls 
filled with wind, instead of solid shot. 

After the '•• ^lerrimack " had steered for the 
" Cumberland,'" a shot from one of our stern p'uns 
carried away the flag of the iron-clad, and the 
green Fort Ellsworth men thought she had sur- 
rendered, and began to cheer. Lieutenant Pren- 
dergrast, on the gun-deck, said.: 

"■ Don't cheer, men, the fight is n't over yet." 

Shot meanwhile smote us, as it seemed, from every 



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(liiTcrKdi : tlicrc was a tire on oiir ^'nn-dccl^. and 
teri'iMf crii'S ranic IVoni (Hir woumltMl as tlir\' wcit 
carried to tlic cocl^-pit, witli maii^lfd toriiis, and 
witli tlici)' lil(>(id piiui'iiiL;' tn tlic (lccl<s, >vliil(' the 
dead still la\- anmnL;- the L;-inis, 

Tt was awful I Uiit w'(ti'sc sdon rauic I. witli 
others, I'an to the ^j)ar-dec]\ in my e\eiteinent. and 
tliei'e saw tliat some of our men wei'e looseiiin;.;' tlie 
sails. I was soon reminded that m\- station was 
on the L;un-de(d< lielo\\'. At llial time the scene 
on tiie L;un-(h'ck haflles desci'i[ition. 

( )n iieariiiL;' the •• ( 'umherlaiid "" the rein') captain 
called out, ••Will \-ou surrender?"" 

•• No,"" \\'as the I'eph- : "• I "II sink alon^'side first ! "" 

'I'he I'ehcl ci'al't then struid^ the •• ( 'umherland "" 
with her iron pi'ow. with a crash: and while 
shouts and dreadful cries came to ns on the still air 
she wi'l^'u'leil ])[[rk from the doomed sliij), leaving' 
a o-rc'iit. L^'ash in her sides. With a roai' from lier 
L;'uns the ••('umherland"" listed to }iort. and then 
Avitli her dead and wonnde(l and man\ liviuL;' she 
Avent down liead-lirst (as if disdaijnn^' vvvn in her 
last slrUL^u'le to make a hacdcward mo\'e ), with her 
i-olors still llxiiii;'. This I saw in a mere glimpse 
tlu'ongh our port-holes (hiring the sun-ounding con- 
f\ision. 

The gun-l)oat -Zouave"' hail meanwliile come 
alongside of us: she was a tug with hut two guns. 
She ma<le fast on our port side and })assed her 
tow-line through one (if ()ur scu[)pers amidship. It 



Till-: ADViixr OF Tin: •• Mi:ni:nr aik'" 22 i 

scniK'd an aL;'r wliile this was hcin^' done. TIumi tlie 
l)()\v of our slii[) was bmnnlit around to\\'ards the 
shore, in order to run her auround. Hut it was, 
as it proved, a disastrous move. As we weiv lieaded 
for shore we heard sinudtaneouslv a roar of onus 
and the rippiuo- and tearing of phink and tiinher. 
The whole stern of our sliip was shot away. 

The meaning of this, as I soon learned, was that 
the ^ ^lerrimaek " had got astern, within a few 
luuidred yards of us, and was I'aking us foi'e and 
aft witli her heavy broadside guns. The two guns 
at the stern were disaljled by the l)reeeh fastenings 
being torn away ; and most of their erews hiy 
killed or wounded around the guns. 

Broadside after lu'oadside followed until the deck 
was slip[)ery with blood, the guns were wrecked, 
and, worst of all, we could not bring one of them to 
bear on our enemy to make reply. The ca[)tain of 
our gun lay dead with the lanyard gras[)ed in his 
l)rawny hands ; young Wilson was impaled M'ith a 
splinter through his lungs ; Phil had his left arm 
wTjunded, the iirst port tackleman and two others 
were killed, the second wounded, and the whole 
deck was one scene of appalling distress and wreck. 
The very remembrance of that scene after all the 
years that have since passed freezes my blood. 

Amid all the confusion and distress, the shrieks 
of the wounded and their moans and cries of 
anguish and calls for help, I g(^t kaleidoscope- 
like glimpses of the lesser scenes taking [)lace. I 



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FA Till:/; A '.WIN ST SOX. 



saw ActiiiL;' (aj'taiii Smitli ('(»mc dnwii the aftcr- 
liatcli\\a\' and, while oiir toot was on llic ladder, 
|iiit liis liaiid lo Ills iiioutli to 'j;\\r an ordei; and 
I'all dead in the act. I notired also at this 
time a sti'eani ol' hlood poui'iiiL;' ihi'ounh our seiip- 
[x'l's (lik'e A\'ater while washiiiL;' down decdvs ) on 
the deel^s of the '•ZoUa\'e, and I renieinl»ei' wou- 
deiinn' if ni\- l)lood too woidd soon join in sw(dliiiL;' 
tliat sanguine stream. 

W'e liad meanwhile L;'roiinded. and aftei" w^liat 
seemeil an lioiir, thonn'h I leariRMJ afterwards tliat- 
it was hut a few minutes, t he rel)el ii'on-clad having' 
linished hei' work. Ideuteiiaiit Preiidei'^i-ast (in 
eonnnaiid since the death of Lieutenant Smith) 
caused the white flaL;' to 1>e hoisted in token of tlic 
sui-i'cnder of oui' ship. 

To escape the terrilile scene below decl\S I went 
to the S})ar-dec]-;, lollowed l)v Phil, who di'ipped 
lilood as ln' walkeil. and n'ot him in a j)osition 
Itack of tlie mainmast wliero he was in part slud- 
tered fi'om the shot that now strtick us from the 
ritlemeii oil shore. 

It was while I Avas (htini;' this that a small rehel 
steamer eame alon^'side, to seeiire such arms as 
were possil)le, and also, as I afterwards learned, 
to ordi'r the crew out of the '"Congress '" prelimi- 
nary to l)urnin«4' her. 

IlavinL;' hound np pool' Phil's arm with my 
handkerchief, and L;'i\'en him and yonni;- Wilson 
(wh(3 w^as in rear ol the maininast) a drink of 



THE ADVENT OF THE '•MERRIMACK.'' 229 

Avater, I walked aft and saw a young fellow, appar- 
ently an officer, step from the paddle-box of the 
little rebel steamer to the hammoek netting of the 
"Congress" (it l)eing just level with the paddle- 
box), then go aft and seize the colors which were 
trailing from our stern. While winding them 
around him he was struck l)y a rifle-shot from the 
shore and fell dead on our deck. 

I am thus particular in narrating this incident, 
as it was afterward claimed that he was shot while 
rescuing the wounded of the " Congress." 

The ship was now on fire in several places ; the 
enemy finding the fire too severe for their liking 
hauled off, with a few of our officers for prisoners, 
and opened fire on the " Congress."' 

As there was no further duty to perform, and as 
the fire that was raging on board was likely to 
reach the magazine soon, those of our crew remain- 
ing on board, not disabled, devoted their attention 
to rescuing the Avounded and saving themselves. 

The l)oats, which were attached to the slup by 
a line from the jil>boom, with a boat-keeper on 
board with instructions to allow no one to get on 
them, were now brought alongside and filled with 
our men. Phil, Wilson, and other wounded, as 
well as some who were not, were put in one of 
these boats, while I took to the water and swam 
ashore. 

It was fortunate that I did so, for the fire soon 
after reached the magazine, and the fragments of 



230 FATin-R .[(.'AfXST SOX. 

tlie dead, and tln' Moody and niaiiLz'lfd sliip. -were 
scatt('ivd o\'ci- tlic waters. 

This ended \ny pai'licipation in this most nienio- 
rahle eoiilliet. 

Thus in litlle more tlian two lioui's the "Men'i- 
niaelv "" had desti'oved a llea^■\' iVi^'ate and a laTLi'e 
sloo|) of WAV, moimtiiiL;' loi;-ether sevent\--tonr L;'nns, 
and had Idlleil in l)attle and drowne(l two hun- 
di'ed and lit'tyof llieir ei'ew. — a destrm-tion hardly 
matelied in na\a] warfare. 

Vet the woi'k of tlie '• Mei'rimaek "' was not vet 
tiinsliech After tlie events narrated she steamed 
into Hampton lloads ( lea\ ini;' our lau'inni;' friLjate 
and the sunken ■■ ( 'uiidiei'land '" and theii' eri'ws to 
tiieii' fate). headiiiL;' towards the '•Minnesota,"" 
aeeompanied liy hei' consorts, the "' Patricdc Henry" 
and the •• .lamestown."" 

The •• Minnesota.'" in attem})tinL;' to reacli the 
scene of tlie ti^'hl. had nin aground aliout half-way 
between l^'ort Monroe and where the "Congress"' 
lay. This, instead of 1»eing a mish)rtune as it then 
seemed, })roved to ])v her sah'ation : h)r the iron- 
clad drawing- twenty-two or more feet of water 
(and as the tide was then almost out) eould not 
get within a mile of her. Only a single shot 
from the iron-clad ship struck tlie ''Minnesota."' 
The lire from tlie rifle guns of her consorts 
was, however, more destruetive : but when the 
"Minnesota"" linally brought one of her heav}" 
o'uns to bear on them tliev turned tail, while the 



THE ADVENT OF THE •• MERlilMAC K.'^ 281 

" MeiTimack," not Ijeing able to ivaeli her, stcaiiicd 
away in the direction of Norfolk, accompanied l)y 
the smaller and less dangerous crafts. 

This was about sundoAvn on that eventful 8th of 
:\Iarch. 

.Vnd thus ended the lirst fight of iron-clad 
against wooden shi[)S in tlie liistory of naval Avar- 
fare. 

Little remains to l)e said, except that the heroism 
of those on Ijoard of the " Cuml:)erland,'" wliieh I 
have not attempted to tell (only as I saw it A\ith 
one of those glimpses which a man catches in a 
fight, while surrounded \)y danger and confusion), 
as well as that of my shipmates on the " Congress,*' 
was as grand as anything that ever took place on 
the sea. 

That evening, after I had got on shore and was 
drying myself at a fire kindled by our sailors, I heard 
some further details of the " Cumljerland's " heroic 
fight and fate. One of her sailors, with a simple 
patlios, told me that tlie captain of Ins gun would 
not leave it, but, throwing his arms around it as 
if it was his sweetheart, and thus clasping it, AA'ent 
down with the ship. And then was told to me 
how the guns were fought from gun-deck to spar- 
deck, and only abandoned wlien the muzzles were 
under water. And all this occurred amid the 
shots and shrieks, and the crashing and creaking of 
timber, broken by the tremendous broadside of the 
'' Merrimack." 



232 F. [111 Eli AdAlNSr SUN. 

Tlu' old siiilors Awro l)i'(ikcii-lirartc(| dwr tlicir 
(Icfi-at. 

Some iiKiurmMl tlic loss of slii}»niatfs : l)ut one i)f 
tlic ]iiost pallictic lii^iufs lliat I I'ccall A\-as the 
(•a[)taiii of one of the ^UHs oil Itoard tlii' '■ ( 'iuiiIht- 
laiul "" nioiiiiiiiiL;' tlir loss of liis n'liii. 

Later in the cNciiiiiL;- I, A\itli others, under direc- 
tion of Lifiiteiiaiit Preiidcr^'rast, walked to Fort 
^loiiroc. where was ^-athered a most iiielaneholy 
crowd (tf landsiiieii and sailors. It was one of the 
darkest periods in oiir national history: none kiKWV 
what the morrow would l)riiiL;- hirtli: one thin i^' was, 
liowe\-er. deemed cei'taiii. and that was that tlie 
'•"Merrimack"" would come out from her lair and 
(•om})lete the destruction she had henun. 

I>ut while wi- thus des[)aired, Providence held 
in store a surprise, not only for us. hut for the 
exulting' rehels, who were contideiit of our humili- 
ation and defeat with the eomiuL;' of another day. 

r had had nothiiiL;' to eat since mornino-, and 
strange to rtdate had not rememhered that I was 
hungry, so intense had been my excitement. lUit 
on eoming in siglit of the sutlers at Fort ]\loiiroe, and 
seeing some of the sailors eating there, it suddenly 
oceurred to me that I too was famished. I mention 
this as showing Iioav emotions or powerful excite- 
ment wall sometimes make one forget even hunger. 

After I had tinished a good meal of sutler's pies 
I turiu'd to leave, when I almost ran into an ofiieer. 
1 saluted and was ahout to })ass when he called me 



THE ADVENT OF Till-: - MERR/}fArK:' 2:^3 

by name. It was ^iv. IJell, the fonner .second oi'li- 
eer of the " Favorite."" 

"How came you here, Johnstone?"" he inquired 
in a tone of svirprise. 

I exphiined to him that I had l)een one of the 
crew of tlie ill-fated " Congress."" Then followed 
an explanation of how Phil and I had enlisted in 
the navy with the expectation of an appointment 
of some kind, which had not come. 

^Ir. Bell smiled as he said : " They wind red 
tape rather slow in the navy, — but where is yonr 
friend Phil ? "' 

I replied that Phil had l)een wounded, and Avas 
then under the surgeon's care at Newport News ; 
that his wound was not very serious, and that after 
I had swam ashore, without telling him for fear he 
would desire to accompany me, I had walked down 
to tlie fort, thinking my services might be required 
in the morning. 

" That speaks pretty well for your nerve,*" said 
Mr. Bell, " after such a shaking up as you 've 
had ! It is just as well, perhaps, that the ' Minne- 
sota,' got aground, or she too might now be at the 
bottom of the Roads." 

" Are you," I inquired, " on board of her ? " 

" No," he replied, " I 'm a volunteer officer on 
the gun-boat ' Terror.' " 

" What do you intend to do if the rebel iron- 
clad comes out to-morrow?" I said. 

"There is not any if in it, my lad ; she will come 



•J:U 



FAIlIi:!! Ai.MXST S(>X. 



;is sni'L' as the siiii risfs. and (lod knows wliat Avr 
shall do, (ir whiTc we shall 1)L' l)ctoi'(' the sun sets 
on Sunday."" 

•'I'd like lo l;'(» on hoai'd with you,"" I said; 
" ])i'rh;i|is I nii'^ht he oi' use. " 

" Well. I "11 lake you. hut I do not know that it 
is a l'riciidl\ act. I tell v«»u plainh' that 1 se'c no 
lio|)c ol' aiiNthiiiL;' hut disaster licloi-c us. It is 
siin|il\' the intention of all on Ixiard to lii^'ht iind l;'o 
down with the ship — there sccnis nolhili^' else to 
do : liut it \'ou waul to l;o, eonie alou^'. 

••M\' lather iisimI to tell nie,'" 1 icplied, "that 
*a man eould die hut ouee, and the time to die 
was when he could die doiuL;' his duty. 

Mr. liell looked at me foi' a moment with an 
expression on his hiee which I could not iutei|)ret, 
l)ut after a moment said in a low tone as if to him- 
self, " ^'our hither must ha\c heeii a L;'entlemau."' 

"lie was."" I I'eplied. in nuich the same tone as 
that in which he had s[iokeu, 

Uehtre I could L;et leave to aeeompan\- him, how- 
e\'er, I was orderi'd to embark on a hoat tor the 
'^ Minnesota,"" then aground, as I have said, not 
far from Newport News. 

The night was calm and the mooii was not yet 
n[), l>ut the huruing "'Congress'' threw a lurid 
glare across the water, to me a grand hut depress- 
ing sight, for I I'ecalled the hrave men, so full of 
hope hut that nioi'iiing, who lay in death on h()ar<l. 

l^ono- lifter I arrived 1 watched the line l)ut 



THE ADVENT OE THE "MERRIMACK, lio.) 

nieianclioly sight, her shrouds and rigging iUunii- 
natod with fire and her o[>en ports lurid with tianie, 
when l)et\veen one and two oYdoek she l)lew u[) in 
a succession of explosions throwing towards tlie 
stars fonntain-Uke shoAvers of sparks, each rivalling 
tlie others in height. 

Then I " turned in," as sailors call going to bed, 
and slept soundly until aroused by the shrill music 
of the boatswain's whistle. 



236 FATHER AGAINST SON. 



CHAPTER XX. 



n;()X mi:ets ikon". 



It was a hcaiuiful Smidav iiioi'iiinn' : the air Avas 
Ijaliny. and scaice a bivezt' stinvd llu' waters of 
l)('autil'ul llaiiiptdii Koails. I -went oil deck 
at ail t'ai'ly liour witli (Hic of the I't'tty olHeers, 
wlidSf ae([Uaiiitaiiee I had made A\liili' I was on 
hoai'd of tlie " M iiiiicsola "" at llatteras Inlet. The 
sun was up and the decks wri'c IteiuL;' scrulil)e(h hir 
not even iinpciidinL;' liatlh' is allowed to interfere 
with the routine on Ixtard of a man-of-war. 

"Have you seen that (jueer craft along'side?" 
iiU|uired my friend. 

" Xo," I refilled, " I have n"t heard anything al)out 
her ; wliere is she ? "' 

•"Why, right liere," he replie(h looking over the 
side of the ship toward Fort Monroe. 

I looked and saw a diminutive (hirk-looking craft, 
sharp at hotli ends, Avith a round structure al)out 
ten feet high in the centre, and a square l)ox-look- 
ing structure at her how. Her deck was nearly 
level with the water, there was no side railing, and 
she was indeed a queer-ap[)earing craft; looking, 
as my friend said, •' like a shingle sharpened at hoth 
ends, with a tin can set in the centre." 



IROy MEETS IRON. 237 

"What is she for?" I inquired. 

" They say,'" he replied witli sarcastic emphasis, 
''that they are going to hglit the rebel iron-clad 
with her, when she conies out," 

" Fight I "' I echoed in astonishment ; " I can't see 
anythino- on board that she has got to fight with. 
Where are her guns ? " 

As we spoke there came towards us a sailor on 
her deck, and to Inm we addressed the same inquiry. 

'^ Guns ? '" he replied, with a gesture towards the 
round structure. '' In the turret there, and be- 
tween you and I and the mainmast, mates, they '11 
give that rebel craft that raised the devil here yes- 
terda}' (and that you seem so scared about) all she 
wants and change to boot." 

" I guess you have n't seen the ' Merrimack,' " I 
replied. 

" She '11 see us if she comes out here into Hamp- 
ton Roads again ; and she may think lierself lucky 
if she ever gets back," and he spat contemptuously 
over the side. 

" What makes her go ? I don't see any sails or 
smoke-stacks. " 

'' Well, there 's our smoke-stack," he said, points 
ing to two slit-like openings in the deck abaft the 
turret. " They 're made of good plain air and can't 
be shot away." 

" This is a sort of a sulMuarine craft," said another ; 
"blast my eyes if she didn't come most of the way 
from Brooklyn Navy Yard under water." 



2:mS fa 1111:11 AcAIXsr SOX. 

"•('(tiiic ;i\\;i\- IVoiii tluTr." said ail old sailor: 
'' tlial cliaii takes vou for a horse marine: lie's 
codding' \i)ii.' 

I tlioi!;4-lil tlie same. aii<l ill aiiv ease had lail 
litlh' iiitei'esi ill her. as all I had heard and seen 
L;'a\'e me lillle lailh in her aliilil \' lo eope su(;ei'ss- 
I'nlK' with till- rehel ii'oii-i-lad. 

'•ldie\' "\"e '^n\ eoli Tk leliee," said m\ friend. 

'* ^ es. and we too had eonrideiiee on hoard the 
• ( 'oii^'ress " \'esterdav niorniiiL;'. hnt she sank the 
' ( 'nmherland " and destro^ cil the • ( 'oiili'Ivss " not- 
withstanding- all ol' it."" I said hitterh' : for I remeni- 
oered the lira\'e men now dead, who on the morn- 
ing- lielore liad n'oiie into the li^ht so eonlideiit of 
their ahility to deieiid themsehcs and the honor of 
the lla--. 

"There is some one oil hoard that has qiveii 
these men eoiilideiiee."" said m\ friend, "and let us 
hope for the liest : hut to me it seems that it \\-ould 
Jiax'e heeii just as well h)r them Washington hdks 
t(» have sent us a sardine hox as that thine'."" 

'Jdic craft we had l)eeii thus eontem[)tuouslv dis- 
ciissiiiL;' was the -• Monitor.'" She had arrived from 
New York at nine o'ehiek on the evening liefore, and 
at two o'(do(dc that morning had anchored alongside 
the "Minnesota."" V>y a coincidence that looks 
like the interposition of Providence, she had l)een 
Hnished the same day as the " Merrimack." She 
was at once sent to o[)en the Potomac (then ol)- 
.structed hv rehel earthworks) to the navigation of 



IRON MI'lETS IRON. 239 

onr slii})ping. The Naval I)e})artiiieiit, in tlicse 
orders to her eoinuiaiKler, also gave orders '-that 
the 'Monitor' was to make no stop on her passage 
exce[)t at Fort Monroe." 

( )n the afternoon of the <^th, when her brave com- 
mander heard the sonnd of the tight at Hampton 
Roads, he hurried forward, in hopes to arrive in 
season to take a hand in tlie conflict. On his arrival 
he reported to Captain ]\Iarston, of the '• lioanoke," 
who "suggested that he should go to the assistance 
of the ' ^linnesota,' thongli as the othcer in com- 
mand in tlie al)sence of Flag-otiicer Goldsborough, 
he had received peremptory orders to send the 
' ^Monitor " to Washington without delay.'' 

Had she arrived the morning previous, no doubt 
this order would have l)een (obeyed, Ijut her arrival 
after the disaster of Saturday determined the 
brave ]\Iarston to disoljey and retain the " Moni- 
tor " to protect the fleet. 

Thus it was, by a series of accidents, that the 
little " Monitor " was present tliat day to meet the 
" Merrimack," and dispute with her the supremacy 
of the sea, although at that time she had not been 
accepted l)y the naval authorities, and was the 
property, technically at least, of private indi- 
viduals. 

At about eight o'clock we saw the enemy's ves- 
sels (that had been lying at anchor near Sewell's 
Point since the previous night j coming in our 
direction. 



240 FATIIEi: AdAIXST SON. 

Tilt' flrnnis of the *• Minnesota " gloomily heat to 
([Uartei's : the men to<il< tli(;ir stations whh despond- 
eney, inin;_;l(Ml \\\i\\ Li'i'ini (leterniinatioii. (Hi their 
rugged hiccs. TlitTc was cansc for tlieir ghioni. 
The situation was such as to jnstit'y distrust if not 
ho})('lcssn('ss : the ''Minnesota"' had heen l)adlv 
cnt n|) in the liglit of Saturday: tlic '" lioanoke " 
was uiinianagcal)h' from l)reaking hci' maehinery : 
the "St. ha^\•rellee "' was a sailing ^'esst'h and eould 
do l)nt little in calm wcathci'. ^Vhat hetter eould 
A\e ex[)ecl than the hitc of the " C'nndierlaud " and 
the "Congress""? There \\'as hut little eonhdeuee 
(hat the " Monitor"" wonld he ahle to eo[ie sueeess- 
fulh' with the '• Mi'rriniack : "" and yet this ([neer, 
insignificant-looking thing was all there was he- 
twecn onr wooden ships and (h'strnetion. 

The rt'hel iron-clad, instead of taking the course 
she had taken on Saturday, after steaming down 
the \{\\) Raps, turned into the channel hy whieh the 
"Minnesota"" had reached her position, ami then 
rapidly aiiproached us. 

When she was w ithin a mile of oui' ship, the men, 
who had meanwhile had their lireakfast, were again 
sunnnoned to the guns, and opened fire upon her 
with their stern gnns. 

And now ensued a scene tlie mere remembrance of 
wdiieh (after the lapse of more than a ([uarter of a 
century) again makes my hlood tingle in my yeins. 

The " Monitor."' hitherto concealed from lier 
antagonist belnnd the " Minnesota,"' darted out and 



/ROX MEETS mux. 241 

placed herself between the rebel craft and onr ship, 
and steered directly for the rel)el frigate. 

We saw tlie " ]\lerriniack '* slow up as if in aston- 
ishment that so insignificant a craft should dare to 
approach her ; then, while her wooden consorts 
scattered, the huge " Merrimack " trained her for- 
ward guns, aimed, and missed their mark, for the 
" Monitor " presented to the guns of her antagonist 
only her turret (as the largest mark), a cross-section 
of scarcely tAventy feet by nine. Then our little 
craft answered with a solid eleven-inch shot, which 
was indeed a monitorial one. It smote the huge 
frigate, and made her tremble Avith the blow! 

'■'- By lieaA'ens," exclaimed the captain at our 
gun, "• but our little one can speak for herself ! " 

Then the "" ^lerrimack "' turned, and fired CA'ery 
gun of her terrible broadside at the little champion. 
The shot mostly A\'ent OA'er the '' Monitor " (which 
in comparison AA^th her huge antagonist seemed but 
a toy), and those that struck her glanced off harm- 
lessly into the sea. 

There Avas a murmur of applause among our 
men, Avho were, hoAveA^er, not yet couA'inced of our 
defender's invulnerability. 

'•'• That 's a good one for the big one ! " said one 
of the men ; '' hit 'em again, little one ! " 

And then, as if in ansAver, the rebel craft at close 
range fired broadside after broadside, in rapid suc- 
cession, to AA'hich the " Monitor " replied, until the 
contestants Avere enshrouded in smoke. 



242 .FATIIIUl AdAIXST SON. 

Wlicn tlio smoke clcai-fl ;iii(l ilie little '•'Moni- 
tor'" was sct'ii apparciith uiiliiii't. wliile the armor 
of the rebel craft was repoHed to lie lieiit and 
loosened, eoiilideiiee lieL;-an to take the })laee of 
(lonl)t and uiieerlaiiity. 

The excitement oil hoard was so L;'ivat that it al- 
most hroke he\-o!id t he hoiuids of disci} iliiie. ^^^lell 
tile •• Monitor'" hnallv la\- alongside the hn^'e •• Mer- 
i'iiiia(d< "" (as it seemed to ns almost tonchinn' hei' ) 
an old sailor at oni' L;nii said : " lUast mv eves, hnt 
1 heliexc tiie little olie will lii-k her. after all ! " 

Aftei- lin-litiiiL;' at this (dose I'aii^'e for a while we 
saw our little (diam|ii(Hi still uninjured, dartinj^- 
around the \n-i^ iron-(dad as if in seai'idi of some 
weak place, and at the sanu' time liriny as she 
mo\c(|. 

llert'very motion was Avat(died and eonnnented 
on : we were in a ti'emor of expectation, not know- 
in^' what was ,L;'oin^' t(i ha})pen next. It was like a 
hL;'lit hetween two knights of old. stdeeted to repre- 
seid opposing foi'ees : not only our fate bnt the fate 
of eiiipii'e. Jierhajis. depended on the issue. It 
seenie(l that if the " Merriinaid-; "" should triumph it 
meant not oidy the destruetion of the war-ships at 
nam[)ton Ifoads hut the estahlishment of a South- 
ern eni[)ire that Avonld control the continent, the 
ruin of the Repul)lic. and the hulure of a govern- 
ment 1)\- and for all the people. 

'Idle " Merrimacdc "" eairied ten guns to the " ^[('U- 
itor's "" one : she tired at least two shots to every one 



IRON MEETS IRON. 243 

fired by the Union inni-clad, Ijut many of licr shots 
missed their mark and strnrk the sea l)eyond, throw- 
ing up fountain-Hkc jtds of Avater. 

We had at hrst expected so littk^ from the 
'* Monitor,'" slie was so a[)[)arently inferior to her 
anta^duist, that any success from Tier seemed won- 
derfnh I>nt Avhcn ])roadside after broadside, at 
such close range that the vessels seemed to touch 
each other, liad time and again been receiveil, and 
the little craft Avas not only afloat, but as the old 
sailors said •■ making spunky replies to all that the 
big felloAV could say," and playing at will annind 
her gigantic and frowning antagonist, then exclama- 
tions of wonder and admiration Ijroke from the lips 
of all on board. 

x\t last, after this strange contest had lasted 
three hours or more (every hour seeming a day, so 
great was the suspense ), and the '' ^Merrimack " 
having vainly endeavored to ram the *" ^Monitor " 
(which had l)een able to avoid the blow on account 
of lier superior quickness), as if despairing of suc- 
cess against her lively antagonist, turned and steered 
once more for our ship. As she came in point- 
l)lank range of our guns we gave her a broadside 
that would have Ijlown out of water any wooden 
ship in the world. But it was like throwing pebbles 
against a solid rock. She returned fire with her 
bow gun, sending a shell crashing into us that 
spread destruction through our shi[), set it on fire, 
and tore four rooms into one. The second shell 



244 FATiiini A(;mxst son. 

tliat struck us ^lasscd tliroiii;'!! our liull. and with a 
tcrrilie explosion l)lc\v up a litlle Iul;' IviuL;' along- 
side, produrin^' the wildest coiifusinn on board our 
ship. We l)elie^"ed We were ahout to meet the fate 
of the '• C'on^-ress."" 

Another shell was fii'ed iiitn us. \\-heii the little 
"Monitor,"" 1)\' tlii'owiiiL;' Inaself lietween the two. 
eonij)elle(l the " Mei'i'iniack "" to ehaiiL^'e her }iosition, 
and save(l us from desli-uetion. .lust then, how- 
e\'ei'. the rehel ii'ou-clad L;'ronnde(l. 

When 1 l(M)ked from the ]»ort ai^'ain it was to see 
the '• Mointor "" a[)[iarently relii-e(l from the fight, 
and we then thought she had received a mortal 
wound. We learned later that this was occasioned 
li\- a hurt received hy the l)ra\'e commander of the 
"Monitor."" He was standing in the jiilotdiotise 
directing the liglit when a shell stiiudv and ex[)loded 
directly in the sight-hole (or slit) through Avhich 
he ^\'as looking. lie i'ecei\'ed in his face the force 
of the hlow. which stunned him and lilled his eyes 
with powder, blinding and confttsing him. Thiid^- 
ing the pilot-lantse had been destroyed, he gave 
orders to withdraw from the tight. Yoitng Lieu- 
tenant Green took command and steered once more 
for the enemy, which had meanwhile taken advan- 
tage of the •• Monitor's "" temporaiy withdrawal from 
the fight to turn tail for Xorh)lk. 

The " ^Monitor "' lired a few shots at the retiring- 
craft, l)Ut the "Merrimack*" contintied on, accom- 
panied by her wooden consorts, reminding me of a 



in ox MEETS IRON. 245 

big seliO()l-l)()y l)ullv bcinn' lielpt'd off from the iicld 
after an unexpeeted eheelc made by a smaller l)ov. 
Then the old sailoi's l)egan to say that it was as 
plain as the nose on your face that the " ]\Ierri- 
maek "" was glad of an excuse to turn tail. 

Thus was ended the most remarkable naval battle- 
ever fought (all things considered), for in this figlit 
a verdict was rendered against wooden sliips. In 
substance, they were all destroyed on that eighth 
and ninth of March, 1802; for after this, one of 
our '' Mcjuitors "' would have been com[)etent to sink 
all the wooden ships of the navies of the world. 



2^6 FAi'iii:n AdAiysT son. 



ciiai'Ti:k XXI. 



AFi'Ki: 'I'm-: coxflict 



Tin-: little '■ .Mdiiiior,"" at'iciMlrix iu^- ]ierfonni(laI)l(' 
;iiit;iL;(iiiist tVnm 1 hnuptdii Ko;uls. anrliorcM] along- 
side tlie '• Miiniesota."" as 111 lor service as when 
slie went into the lii^'lil. IW-yond a crack in the 
inm Idi^s of ]iei' pilot-house and a few dints in hei- 
tni'ret, made 1)\' the hii^'e shot iVoni the I'ilied ^ains 
of the *• Merrinia(d<."" she was eoinparatively uniii- 
iiire(l. 

Whether or not the •■.Monitor"" was a. victor 
has. I am Avell a\\'are. been discussed, al'iirmed. and 
denied: yet it has never heeii (|Uestioned that tlie 
( 'oid'e(lerate (ioliath left the Held of the fin'lit to (»ur 
Dax'id, and \^■as at once ]»nt into the dry (h»cks for 
i'ei)airs at Xorfolk. 

The interest ainonn' us in the - Alonitoi' "" was 
great. Those who had viewe*! her with eontem[)t 
were now enthusiastic in their admii'ation of her. 

*■' lUast me. l)Ut she "s a kind of a Mother Cary's 
chicken of a craft," said Uill Knowles. an old man- 
of-war's man of u\v ac([uaintance, while we were 
looking' over the sides of the "Minnesota"" down 
on the deidcof the littli' craft. "See how the waxes 
go right over her I Blame my eyes, but that feller 



AFTER THE CONFfJCT. 247 

was rig-lit -wlii'ii lie said slie was a kind of a sul)- 
niaiine craft. I would n't be astonislicd it' she 
should dive and eouie up a mile from us."* 

''What I don't understaiul," said another, "is 
where she kee}is all of her guns." 

" Guns I " ejaculated Knowles. " She don't carry 
but two, l>ut them 's regular thunderbolts ! " 

'•' What I seed Avith my own eyes I seed, and jou 
nor no other horse-marine jackass can't make me see 
difrent. Didn't these two eyes of mine see *em 
shooting from that queer round house they call a 
tarret, from twelve to twenty places in it? And 
\\o\\\ though, ye can't see that many ports, l)ut it 
stands to reason that the guns is there, and th' port- 
holes too, if y' can't see 'em; but what gits the 
weather gauge of me is where they keeps them 
stowed when they ain't a-firing." 

" Keep 'em stowed ! Why, you wolverine," said 
Jim Knowles, '' while they "re firin' one they 're 
loadin' the rest of 'em down in the hold; they act 
as ballast there, or she 'd be top heavy with all that 
iron above decfe." 

Arid with this Jim winked a prolonged wdnk 
on one side of Ids face and looked wise on the 
other. 

" Well, shipmates," said another, " between me 
and the mainmast, Avhat gits down to the roots of 
my hair is, how they anchor her without a chain, 
windlass, or anchor." 

" I know where her smoke-stacks are," said 



248 



FATIIKll .K.'AfXST SOX. 



iiiiotlicr old salt : " I sec tlic smoke ('ome out of 
tliiMii two slits in lii'i' deck."" 

'• I>(■la^' tlici'c ! "" said aiiotlicf : '■ Iht siuokc-staeks 
arc on tlif liottoni side of her. and liv a sort of 
(.'coiKHiix' o' foi'ccs llii'\ disciiai'L;'(' it in tli" water! 

*•• Lik'ch".'" asscnt«M] aiiotlier: •• "t would n"t Itc no 
nioi'c slran^'c than the rest of this rraft that can't 
l»c hnrl, and l^-ocs aronnd hca\cns kno\\'s how. and 
hL^hts a liii;' lundicrini;' ci'al't that smashed c\-ci-y- 
ihiiiL;' to tlindci's till this little craft come alon^- 
and lai'nc(l her better mannei's. Now jest look" at 
her crew settin" "round on her deck. Not one ol 
them, the\' sa\-. was hurt, and was as cond'ortable 
all the time as if that i-elx'l ii'oii craft was j"st 
throwin" l)"iled "taters at "em "slid "f kin' shot."' 

•• Well, shipmates."' said Knowdes, who was an 
oracle on hoard. " whatexi'r is oi- is n"t. one tiling- is 
tiaie, that little craft ont thai'" preached a sermon on 
Sunda\- that the ( 'onfe(U'rates won"t for^■it in one 
while, and that keat all the sky-i)ilots of the navv." 

We were not alone in our woiuk/r and enthu- 
siasm for tlie little craft, for, with the tiashini;' ky 
tele,L;'raiik of the tidin^'s of this iiL^'ht, tliere was 
excitement in every town ami villaL;-e of tke lan(k 

'I'hus it was that the i^'loom and uncertainty of 
Alonckiy, Alareh tlie Sth, gave place to rejoicing- 
and eonfidenee. No wonder that many of our 
people felt that in tlu' op})ortune app'-aran^e of 
the ''Monitor"" (lod liad leaidied foi'th iiis hand 
for our natioifs protection. 



AFTER THE CONFLICT. 2!0 

Almost l)('fore the fight between the iron-rLids 
was over, measures were taken for the abandonment 
of the " Minnesota." This ^\•as soon aeeomplislied, 
and I was onee more at Fort ]\Ionroe, where I ol)- 
tained leave to visit Phil and our other wounded 
shipmates at Newport News. 

I found Phil sitting- in front of a hospital tent. 
He was quite cross because I had left NeA\port 
News without seeing him. 

^ I was under Lieutenant Prendergrast's orders 
just as much as I was when on ship Ijoard," I said. 
" Besides, you know you would have wanted to go, 
and that was n't best. The surgeon told me y(ju \1 
got to keep still awhile or you was likely to have 
trouble with your arm.'' 

'' That old saw-bones, " ejaculated Phil crossly, 
" makes a mountain of this molehill of a scratch. 
Why look a-here," said Phil, suiting the action to 
his words, '' I can use this arm " — But here his 
remarks on the subject ended, for a decided pallor 
and an expression of pain came to his face, which 
seemed to illustrate to him, as well as to myself, 
that he had a very sore arm. 

"You must stop that kind of fooling, Phil," I 
said, as I assisted him in replacing his wounded 
limb carefully in its sling, '^ or yow will give the 
sky-pilot a last job for yourself ! " 

"• Well, maybe you are right, Hez," said Phil, 
with a twinge of pain still evident in the expression 
of liis face. " I guess I '11 have to keep this arm in 



ioO FATHini ACAIXST SOX. 

its li;iinni()clv tor a whik' loiin'cr. Hut say. speak- 
iiii;'i)t' tlic sl-;\'-piliit rt'iniiids iiu' that the cliaplaiii 
sail], when he was in to S(.'e me a little while ago, 
that there is a ( 'oinieetieut rei;inient aliout a half 
mile from hei'e in camp. 'I'lie ehajilain is from the 
Xntmen' State, ami is a tine old man. Now, what 
saN'? SnpjiosiiiL;' we n'o (h>wn and si'e it there is 
an\- one irom W'ichiior there? 

1 assented, and Phil wc'iit to see the hospital 
steward. an<l so(.in returned, saying' : -It's all right ; 
the steward says "t will do me good I " 

Wdien we arri\'ed at the eamp of the — th C'on- 
neetieut we found sevei'al [u'rsons whom we knew, 
and after ehatting au'hile with them started off to 
see others fi'om our town who we had been told 
were in eamp. We had arrived at the end of one 
oi' tlie eom}ianv streets, near a large overgrown tent, 
when some one ealled out to us: 

•• Hullo. l)roadd»ritehes, where be ye goin' ? "' 

It was Jim Bisbee. He was eating sutler's pies, 
''with an energy," as Phil said, "worthy of better 
i.ies.- 

'■ Hidlo." T said, "have you got a eontraet to eat 
all tliat stuff?" 

••(ioshi no," said Jim, grinning: "wish I had, 
though," and then, as lu' l)it into the pie, extended 
his hand for a shake, and greeted us (between 
bites) very heartily, saying: 

" I snnm, how l)e y" '! It seems kinder like hum 
t' see v<»nr faees ; it does. I vow I Ain't it awful 



AFTER THE CONFLICT. 251 

ofettiner 'nouo-h t' eat daown liere in rebellion ? That 
is, sonrtliin' that goes t' the spot? I get daown t' 
this sutler's sli()[) 'baout this time o' Jay, "cause "t 
is jest 'fore drill time. Wife sent me a ])ig box o' 
nice provisions last week, an' a lot of greenl)acl-:s; 
an' I "v' e't up the fust an' begun on the second; 
which is t' say, T 'v' jist begun to convert green- 
Ijacks int" stuff t" eat." 

''Should think 3-ou 'd use up your wages pretty 
fast at the rate you are going on, Mr. Eisl^ee," said 
Phil. 

"■ Git aouti " said Jim ; " my wages don't 'maount 
t' shucks ; f 'r this sutler's stuff 's j'st like fog ; it 
don't stick ly y' or lill up wuth a cent; I can eat 
a cord on it an' not git full. Tell y" ! I 've be'n 
drefful hungry sometimes. IJut talkin' of myself 
makes me forgit tliat you 've had hard times tu. 
Have a pie ? " and Jim handed us one apiece. 

" Well, as you are a man of property," I said, '■'• I 
suppose they are glad to trust you when you get 
out of mone}'." 

'■'•'Fore this money come,'' said Jim, "I'd used 
up all my pay, and I ast 'em t' trust for a few 
douo-hnuts and crackers an' cheese and sich. This 
dunimed sutler said he would n't do it. I told him 
I owned tew farms an' a lot o' truck, an' he said, 
darn him, ' Bring on y'r truck an' we '11 trade ; ' so 
y' see, I 've be'n losin' flesh." 

"You ain't losing your appetite, though," said 
Phil, with a sly grin, for he liked to hear Jim talk. 



25 2 PA 7 7/ /; /.' A (.A I xs 7 • s ox. 

"■No," said Jim, witli a dultioiis sinile, "T snuni, 
tliat stic]-;s In iik.' closrr tliau m\' skin. 'Less tlie 
war rnds drcrt'nl i|nitl<. I "ni fraixMl "twill lii' tlT 
riiinatiiin (if mc. I "w rat up tew cows an" a lioss 
already, [ilaL^ue it' I liaiiTt ! "" 

'• It "s awful I "" said I'liil, winking- at nie. '' I 've 
o'ot a pretty 141 hhI appetite myself. "" 

'•Ileiv, ha\e some more pie," said -Jim, and tlien 
eontiniung said : '• l)Ut where was y" wlieii that 
awful }n>^ hn'ht was a-n'oin' on o* Saturckiy?" 

''We were on hoard the ' Coiio-ress," " I said, 
''and riiil ^\'as wounded; ha\en"t you iiotieed that 
his arm is in a sHiil;' '■ " 

.lim sto[)[)e(l faliuL;', and, hieinii;' us for tlie first 
time sinee lie had hailed us, dro[)ped his pie and 
ejaculated : 

"I'm a selfish lunkhead not t' 'ave seen it! 
Say, Phil, du y" feel had any ^vays ? If there's 
auythin" y' see "round liei'e that y" want, say the 
word an' th* fur Hies ! " 

And the tears stai'ted to the generous fellow's 
e\cs, at the thought that I'Uil was wounded and he 
had taken 110 nolit-e of the fact l)efore. 

"Oh, r am all right, Jim," said Phil; "the old 
<loetor down here makes a l)ig fuss over noth- 
ing." 

" I/t me jist look at that sore arm, f"r Avhen I 
write hum I want t" tell 'hoiit it." 

" Xo, you don't I "" said Phil; "one regular saw- 
hones is enouii'h." 



AFTER Till-: CONFLICT. 253 

" Gosli, I woiiiU'i y' "re liviii' t' tell on 't ! "' said 
Jim, al'ti'r we had told him alH)ut our experience in 
tlie l)attle of Saturday'. "• I just tuck a part in 
that gosh-dauLjed light myself ; an' I don" know 
what I sh"d "a" done if 1 "d been exposed tu th" 
[)erils of the deep, l)esides tliem shot Ijigger "n 
hogsheads that eome a-howlin" round here ! I j"st 
fired an' loaded ; an" iired so fast that I found five 
charges o' cartridges in that musket th" next day 
that had forgot t' go onto' that gun ; snum if I 
did n't ! Wal, "s I was a-sayin' when I stop[)ed 
t" tell you "bout tlie way that ole gun acted : we 
loaded an' fired an' ke})' advancin' on th' enemy, 
an' shuttin' up our eyes an' firin', an' dressin' on 
th' colors ; an' 't Avas livel}' times, an' that "s wdiat 
makes me so dunnned hungry, I du l)"lieve I "' 

"If the enemy had 1)een the sutler," said Phil, 
"they'd been totally destroyed, would n't they?" 

Jim smiled as he said, '* Xaow, Phil Gurley, 
that 's the truth ; but honor bright, we just banged 
away at 'em like all p'sessed ! But say, Phil 
Gurle)-, ain"t y' goin' t' let me have a peek at that 
sore arm ? " 

" Stop your nonsense!" said Phil; "it's noth- 
ing but a scratch, an' I don't want you fooling 
with it." 

"Wal, Phil,"' said Jim, "I didn't mean anythin* 
but well by ye, ye know I don"t, an" I don't know 
as I blame ye. I never like t' be fussed over 
m'self. So }' \A'as reely aout there on th' deep ? 



254 



FATlll'Ji AdMXSr Si)X. 



Will, (lid ii't it beat ;i]] iialiii'"'.'' — tliat old iron roof 
of a Xo.dTs ark I 1 woiidt'i' tlu'rc "s a !_;'r('asc-s[)ot 
of any of us Irl't. 1 calciilatiMl I was th" only 
Wiclinoi' fcllci- tlial "d ]i\c t" cai'rv bad-; tli" news. 
\\\ L';uiii I sdiiic o" oui- I'clltTs was awful scat: "t 
was 'haoul all llic (^[/ii an" iiic could du t" kccj) 
"cni ill line."" 

'' Wdiat did you keep "cm in line willi ? or did iTt 
you keep tliciii in line, l)iU on]\- ti'icd?"' said riiil. 

" ()[ course," sai<l .liiii. with a di'oll twinkle in 
his ew'S, "we liad a si^iit o" troul>le "liaout it. 
Every time our f(dlers fell hatdv th" ca|)"n aiT 
me "(1 L^'o liack an" ralh' "em an" dress "cm on th' 
liindmosl one. We just liad a tiirrihle tussh.' 
liin'O I Til" eap"ii lost his liat. an" lie drawe(l liis 
swoi'd an" wi'id t" llnd it. an" L;dt lost in th* 
swaiiiji : li\' ^'um if he did n"t ! Tlien I said t" oui' 
l)oys, • l''orra"d I We "11 I'escue the t-ap"]! an" his liat, 
or die on the lield o" i^'lory an" mud I " And just 
then one o* them hii;' shot come u[( the hill, sa\'in" 
' Ssseeattt I ' An" dminiied "f e\ery last one o" them 
]nen <lid n"t dii;' f"r that swamp like all j)"sessed ; 
the\- "Iteved orders t' the letter — an" I in advance 
tu, 'cause T had t' dress 'em on the colors. I 
shouldn't like t' he on l)oard of a ship,"" continued 
Jim, •' f"r ther' ain't no lield thar* f"r tine niano'u- 
vrin'." 

" Pr(^motion isn't so rapid in the navy as in the 
army, hut tliere is all the liniiting- any one eoidd 
desire," I said : '' at least we 've found it so.'" 



AFTFAl 'J'lli: COXFLICT. 255 

'' Wal, say, y' know I 'in a corp'ral ? " said Jim. 

*•' You 've got up [)retty well," said Phil. '' I 
suppose a cor[)oral is (piite a fellow, ain't he? 

" .V feller ! " said Jim ; '• guess not : he 's 'u of- 
eer I You know Nvheu I fust got t' he a eor[»oral 
I thought I'd sto[) wantin' t' be higher, hut it 
did n't seem t' satisfy ; I know naow haow Xapoleoii 
felt, an' kep" feelin" till he just wanted t' gol)l)le 
th" whole airth."' 

"• That would inelude sutlers' sho[)S and all, I 
suppose?" said Phil. 

" Yes," said Jim, '' tli' whole boodle of 'em. 
Say, hev' a doughnut? They ain't nuich tu 'em; 
kind o' sweetened rainl)ows ; yer can eat a [jeek 
on 'em an' not know it." 

In this way Jim continued drolling on, making 
us laugh, and enjoying the fun himself, while seem- 
ing to be in earnest. He made many in(;[uiries 
about our prospects, and gave us, in his inimital)le 
manner, some shrewd advice. 

\Yhen I told him I Avas on the " Minnesota" on 
Sunday, and saw the tight between the "■ ^lerri- 
niack" and the ''Monitor," Jim was greatly inter- 
ested, and said solemnly : 

"I feel turribul 'sponsible 'baout you, Hez, f'r I 
fust put it in y'r mother's head t' let y' liav' a tr}' 
at the sea. My exper'nce did n't seem t' du a 
speck o' good in keepin' y' ashore ; an' naow y' 
stand a chance o' gittin' drounded an" killed 
both." 



:J.><i lAi'iiER AdMxsr soy. 

.lust llicu ;i (Iniiii souiidfd. aii<l Jim said. 
" 'riicrc 's tliat jK'sky dniiii calliii" iiic t" ai'iiis a^-"iii I 
I'^ust its i'(-\-ih'f. tlit'ii it "s i^iiard-iiiiuuit. uv drt-ss- 
paradt'. r sdiiic duiiniiiMl tliiiiL;- all tin' tiiin' — now 
tiiat "s di'ill. Sii"|Misc I "\" ^dt t" ti'aiu in\' L;i/./.ai'd 
aout. "tore I "in liaf full tu ! '" 

Aud sliakiiiL;' liands with us. .lim stai'tcd for his 
tt'id. and Sdou i-ca]»|icariM| ti'\iii!4' to liurklc on his 
l)flt aud cat }iic at the same time. 

•• I )ut\' calls !"" said .1 iiu with a wiidx. aud haviuL;' 
adjusted his l»clt aud lioltcd his pic. he inarchc(l to 
dutv at i-i^ht shoulder shift iu a \'ery soldierly 
luaiuicr. 

■'Jim is a n'ood ouc." said Phil, "aud it did me 
lots of i^'ood to lu'ar him iniu • so like a saw- 
mill.* as he calls it : he talked most of that iioii- 
seiise just to make us laUL;-h ; for you ami evciy one 
that knows liim knows that he 's got a lot of yot^d 
seiisi'." 

After reniaiuing with Phil for tlie day. I returned 
to the fort and found that a mail had come for our 
ship's crew. I received two letters from home: one 
iif these was from my luothei'. and the other from 
grandhither. The last rtdated to getting ap[)oint- 
ments for Phil and me in the navy. 

The cause of delay, as grandfather said, he had 
ascertained to he that the rules prevented our 
l)eing appointed to the positions of either master's 
mates or ensigns until we were eighteen years of 
age. "• We will stretch a point and say you are 



AFl'FJl Tin: CONFLICT. 257 

seventeen now. so in another year yoii '11 get yonr 
appointments. ^Nlean while apj)ly yonrselves to 
learning- everything that will be of use to you in 
those positions." 

I felt rather blue over it, for, boj-like, I Avas im- 
patient and did not recognize that, as grandfather 
often had said, "The world was n't made in a day." 

The letter from mother enclosed a letter she had 
received from father. As shown by the post-mark, 
he had found some way of having it mailed in 
Washington, and so the letter had ^'cached her 
sealed. In the letter I noticed that father's senti- 
ments had changed, for he spoke of the South as 
" my country," and there were mingled in his ut- 
terances little touches — such as speaking of the 
Northern people as '"• the eneni}-," its government 
as " the abolition government," and Mr. Lincoln as 
" your president." I could not understand how so 
fair-minded a man could so change. This was all 
the more wonderful when I considered that origi- 
nally he had been opposed to secession, and had been 
at heart a Union man. But I did not then under- 
stand how the constant misrepresentations of the 
Confederacy, of its press and of its government, 
made every act of our people seem wrong, and em- 
bittered the Southern heart. Civil war cannot be 
carried on long without producing that effect. 
Neither did I at that time understand the power of 
public sentiment, wrought to frenzy in a desperate 
struggle like that on which the Southern people had 



:i.)S 



r.i 77//;/," 1^ i/.v\7' snx. 



fiiiliarl^cd. 'I1ic ])()litici;iiis. ]i;i\iiiL;' lirdii^lit on the 
\\;ii'. iiiusl succeed or lie ruined, aiiil tliey [irnniotcd 
the feeling;' "I raLjc and bitterness aiiioiiL;' tlie jieople. 

Tims tlie l)l{i\\s. I'nst reliictanlh" L;iven 1)V nmst of 
tlie Sontlici'ii jieojile. t;-rew iiioi-c and more \iolent. 
nntil 1o kill ^ anl\ces seemcil a L;'lorions act anionic' 
lliis nat nralK cliixalrons and l^indh' iieojile. 'i'lien, 
besides this. 1 did not I'cali/.e the tact that my hither 
was liv edncation and traininL;' ;i Southern man. 
and thai when amoni;' his own jieople once more 
Ids moderate sentiments might [irove only skin 
deep. 

Still, in m\' mind he Mas ahoM' orilinarv men, 
a.nd could ne\('r he capahle of an act that was per- 
soualh' mean oi' dishoiiorahle. 

Vet the hict remained that I was of intenselv 
I'liioii sentiments, anil my hithei-. whom I lo\'e(l 
aho\ (■ all men, was a rehel. and seemeil to Ixdieve 
himself ri^'ht in hghtinn' on the other side. It was 
"father aLiainst sun." 



ON THE - Sl'lTFlREy 25'J 



CHAPTER XXTI. 



ox THE '^ SPITFIRE, 



Ox the 29tli of April, 18(32, Phil and T were 
assigned to duty on the "Spitfire,'" a gun-hoat of 
light draft intended for iidand waters and river 
serviee. She was Avhat at that time was known as 
a double ender — sharp at liotli ends so tliat she 
could back out where she could not turn around. 

Grandfather liad written to nie, saying : '* I have 
brought so much influence to bear on the author- 
ities at the Naval Department at Washington that, 
if it don't move them. I think it may agitate them 
some." 

We had little (h)ubt that our Ijeing assigned to 
duty on the '' Spitfire " was one of the symptoms 
of this agitation, in order that we might stand a 
better chance for promotion. 

When I learned that the steamer was to be 
placed in service on the inland waters of North 
Carolina, I had a vague hope, foolish as it may here 
seem, that I might be able to get tidings of, or per- 
haps have an interview with, my father. To do 
this I felt that I was Avilling to risk much, and 
undergo almost any hardship. Though an inter- 
view of this nature occurred, yet had I known the 



200 fatiu:r against son. 

conditions nndcr A\liicli tliis wish of mine was to 
l)e n'nnitrd. I (•(Hit'css 1 should lia\(' slirunk from 
tJM' oi'dcal. It is fortuuatr tliat \\'i' cannot forct'ast 
the future, otherwise liow many would shrink fi-om 
a })lain coui'sc of duty I 

\Vc joined the •• Spittirc "" at t!ie IJrooklvn Navy 
"^'ai'd, A\'hci'c she was un(h'ri;'()injj;' re[)aii's in the (h'y 
dock. ()n re[iortinL;' we were siir[)rised to tind that 
the lieutenant conniiandin^' was a heai'dlcss ^•outh 
scarcelv tweiity-thi'ee yeai's of a^'e, and looking' 
even vonnnt'i' than his a^'c would iiujily. lie was 
a gi'aduate of the Anna[tolis Academy, and had 
Avon the position he then occupied. o\-er older and 
more t'X}»erienced olticers than hinrself. 1>\" coolness, 
])ravcry, and L;'ood judLjincnt. ( )ne would scarcely 
lu'lieve. to see this beardless. s[)indle-shaidce(h tow- 
headed, hoyish-look'iuL;' [xu'son, that he liad already 
distinguished himself in some of the most daring 
deeds of our na\al warfare. 

When Phil and I reported for duty, seeing Lien- 
tenant Dash way on deck, and thinking he was one 
of the midslii[)nu'n, we entered into conversation 
Avith him and talked nuich more freely than Ave 
should have done had we known that he was our 
eonnnandiug officer. He asked us a great many 
questions, and, as sailors would phrase it expres- 
sively, "" pumped us dry." We \A-ere not a little 
taken l)ack when, on asking, '•• What kind of a 
captain have Ave got here?" his manner changed 
from familiarity to sternness, as he replied : 



ON THE ■• SPITFIRE.'' 201 

"Iain in command hert' : yon will report yonr- 
self to the execntiw (tt'ticer for duty at once."" 

Tlic •• Spitfire " was sc-liooner-riLj'.u'ed, and carried 
two pivot-g'uns and cig'lit tliirtv-pounders on her 
sides. The next day being Sunday and the - S[)it- 
fire "" l)eing ready for sea, we hauled out into the 
stream and steamed down the harbor, out beyond 
Sandy Hook, and down the coast. 

Among the men on board there were two whom 
I had [)reviously known on the "• Congress ; "" one 
of them was Bill Knowles and the other a young 
sailor named Winshn\", a Cape Cod man, well up 
in seamanshi[), though with small education. 

We steamed along the coast without events 
worthy of note, until off Hatteras, when on round- 
ing the cape the wind gradually rose, the sea 
became very rough, and tlie sky had a dull, leaden 
look tliat l^etokened a so'-easter. 

At al)out two o'clock the wind was still rising, and 
the sea was so rough that we had our hands full. 
Our craft was kept on the port tack, hove-to under 
close-reefed foresail and mainsail. In the driving- 
mist and rain it soon grew dark. It was my watch; 
the decks of the little craft were drenched with 
spray which was charged with phosphoric glare 
that added to the wildness of the storm. 

About three o'clock in the morning an arch of 
light rising in the Avest told us of a sudden change 
of wind. The mainsail was quickly lowered, and 
when the storm struck us the fore-sheet was shifted 



2(i2 



FA Tin: J! ANALYST SON. 



over. Wlicii our cral't would siul-; down in the 
tl'oUL^'li of tlic sea I could sec the ]lllo^|>llor('S(•(•nt 
^v;d(•l■ lii^li alio\r llic lf\cl of our decks, and at 
times it si'ciikmI as i I' it would lie iniiiossiMe tor us 
to ride out the sloi'iii. 

Wdien I turned in the stoi'in was i^a^in;,;- with 
iiicrcasin',;' fur\ : Imt ^\•llen in the rnoriiinL; it was 
ni\" watch on deck. 1 found to ni\- astoinshnieiit that 
the sun was shining;', tiic wind iiad aliatiMl. and our 
little ci'.d't was steaming' once more alon^' the coast 
under full sail. 

"\Vh\ is it,"" I said to Knowles. "that there are 
so man\ sudileii chaiiLj'es oft llatteras'/ 

'" I don"t know, an" 1 douht if any one else does, ' 
m'rowled Kiiowdes. •• T only know it is the most 
idianm'alile liere of an\' place on our c(iast. an" as to 
the w li\s and whei'td'ores you mi^ht "s -well try to 
account for voni- mother-in-laws temper six months 
after marriau'e."" 

''Mr. lUdl oiice told me,"" said Phil, '"that these 
sudden (dian^'es are ^hiui^'ht to ]n' caused hy the 
H'ulf stream heini;' so much nearer the coast here 
than at any otlun j»oint : and that, \\itli the fact 
that the Avater (leei)ens very ra^iidly from the shore 
to one hundred fathoms ami then falls abruptly to 
oA'er tw"o thousand ti\e hundred, is thought to have 
something to do with the sudden aiul capricious 
Weather here."" 

" I guess that is a new-fangled reason,'" said 
Knowdes, "for I nex'er heard of it before; l)ut I've 



ON THE "spitfire:' 2(33 

heard the Hatteras lisliernicii say that lightniiiL;' 
can be seen from the hght-hoiise there at any time 
of the year." 

''Yes," said IMiil, ''I liave lieard John Nixon say 
almost the same thing." 

That day we passed through Hatteras Inlet, and 
signaled the liag-shi[) that afternoon. 

The next morning, having received orders, we 
steamed up Pandieo Sound, where we were to 
watch at the moutli of one of tlie rivers for vessels 
that were attempting to run the blockade. For, 
the general coast being clear, it was only at such 
points that they could load with cotton and turpen- 
tine, and attempt to evade our vigilance by emerg- 
ing from the interior Ijy the })assage of these rivers 
in the night. 

It was a very monotonous and tiresome service, 
and the old sailors were inclined to growl, especially 
those who, like Knowles, had seen more exciting 
and remunerative service in blockading duty on the 
coast. 

"We might just as well be on wheels," said 
Knowles, " as to be foolin' 'round here ! I like a 
little prize money in mine, and l)lue water instead 
of these dirtj rivers, where you can't turn 'round 
without danger o' gettin' aground and stirrin' up 
the mud. Alx)ut all we can expect to get here is 
the shakes and fever. There 's the master's mate 
sick with it, aud the whole ship's company will 



204 FA Tin: I! AGAINST SOX. 

]ia\'(' til n'o into ili'v dnrk to get these malarial l)ar- 
iiacli's ol'f of "(Mil 1)V and l>y.'' 

•• l')(']a\- tlici-c ! "" said an old sailoi' tliat had 
sailcil with ihf licutciiaiit loiigc'r than the rest 
of tlir ship's crew. •• It' yon ai'c thiiikin" there ain"t 
giiiir to he aii\" lively times on lioard this lu'i-e 
t-ral't. v" diiiTt know nnndi almut the chap that's 
in eoiumand ! Why. shipmates, he "s more in love 
with tronhle lliaii tlie most of lis is \vitli our hivad 
haskets. If he don't eut out some work to shake 
the harnaeles off of y". and the lever out of v", too, 
then \ ' ma\' i-all me a luhher I 

'■An' \" make a nhstake in supjiosin" there's 
no danger here." chimed in anothei' old slndlhacdc, 
" for when y' get up one of these ri\-ers a little wavs, 
\" "II lind masked hatteries. an sliarp-shooters, aiT 
that. too. at p'ints where y' can't go 'round, go 
ahead, or git lKHd\. 

•• An' nusipiitoes an" torpedoes, to kill an' Intey', 
an' hlow' y" iiigher'u the mainmast, aiT annoy y' 
genei-ally." said another, giving a hiteh to his 
trousers h)r em[iliasis. 

The men laughed to hear tor})edoes idassified with 
mos(piitoes. hut I !ia\'e n.o douht thev thouglit the 
latter as great an evil asthetirst. h»r it was one that 
Avas ever present a\ ith us w hen up the river, wliere, 
as Phil said, these pests presented their hills after 
husiness hours. 

'• Well, our little lieutenant will go where any 
one will follow : he "s just adiankering f'r trouhle, 



ox Tin: •• sp/TFiR]:." 265 

only tliem "s arc aliovc liiin arc lioldiu" him in," said 
tlu' old sailtir. 

It proved true that our liriUenaut comniaiidiug' 
oidv lai'lct'd permission to enter u[)on more liazard- 
ous undertakings, (^uite a number of tlie men 
were sick Avitli malarial fever, and among these the 
ca})tain"s clerk : so I was requested to take his place 
for ii,tini9. 

Thougli it was a place that I had no liking for, 
I did m}- duty while I occupied it, and received 
the hearty commendation of the lieutenant for 
the rapidity, neatness, and correctness of ni}^ 
writing. Although I did not, I trust, try to pa- 
rade my accomplislnnents, yet I was not averse to 
showing that I was well educated, and was not only 
(juick in figures, hut well up in higher mathematics. 

1 think it ^^'as partly owing to this fact that 
when, shortly after, one of the master's mates was, 
as Knowles termed it, " dry-docked," hy being sent 
to the hospital at Brooklyn, 1 was put to the duty 
of acting master's mate. 

After being in this position for several months 
an order from the Secretary of the Navy was re- 
ceived, with my appointment as ensign. I was 
not displeased that I was to do duty in that 
office on board the " Spitfire." No order came for 
Phil's promotion, but I am sure he deserved it 
more than I did. He generously declared that 
he would rather I should get the position than have 
it himself, and seemed to rejoice at my good fortune 



■2^U] 



FATIIi:i; Af.'AIXSI' SOX. 



ijiorc tliiin if it IkkI cDino to liiiii. 'J'liis did not 
siii'prisc inc. Ini' il was in lvft'|iiii^- with tlic iiiiiiil\' 
and niiscHisli iiatnic ni' (me wImi had Hot (»iu_' pai'- 
t i(d(' (if ell \ \' ill his SDiil. 

It was ill l-'clii-iiar\ . "'i->. whih' I was on dnty as 
ofliccr of tiic divk that I lirst h-anicd tliat Mr. 
\'>r\\. iidW liiMitciiaiit I'liittMl States na\\\ was 
(111 (hlt\ ill these waters. He caiiie on 1 »oa rd to 
\isit our lieutenant, witli wlioni lie was a((|nainte(l. 
lieforc he left the steamer I was otf duty, and paid 
my i-es]iects to him. 

lie in(|uii'e(l for IMiil. and he was st'iit for. and, 
as he had alwa\s heeii a i^'reat ta\(irite with Mr. 
l)(dl. I was not sui'jiriscd at the hearty ^reet in;.;' he 
recei\-ed. 

'• 1 am L;"lad, \dUiiL;' L;'eutlemen, to hear a L4'ood rc- 
]iort of \'oii from \dnr eommaiidiiiL;' oflieei'. and that 

one of \"oU has reeei\-ed [)l'omotion. 

'• \ Cs."" 1 rejilied. ••mine came at last, liut Phil 
has iTt L;'ot his \'et. and vou know he is a better 
sailor than I am: my [>romotion was sim[)ly l;'oo(1 
lu.d^." 

•• Theit' is no bnd-: or accidents, (.n'erytliing is 
or(li'rc(l or directe(l hxsome power liiu'lier than our- 
selves," said Lieutenant Hell. •• Xo one wlio has 
()l)serve(l the course of this t(,'rril)le war can doubt 
that. If this war had been closed a year a^o we 
should have left the canse of all this bitterness be- 
tween brothel's untoU(die(l. and should have it all 
to h'jht over a<i'ain some other time. 1 have been 



UN THE ■■ SPIT FIR F.y 2(57 

tauglit. too, ill my own life tliat llieri' is a diivct- 
iiio- powci- lii^-lKT than man. 1 was raised at tlic 
Soutli and taii^'ht to coiisidcr woi'k as uin\'ortli\- of 
a- g'uiitleman. 1 got married, cjuarreled or disagreed 
with my father, and without profession or trade 
tried td snp[)ort myself and family. I was over- 
taken l)y wliat we eall misfortune. I was compelled 
to go to sea as a eonimon sailor. Under the name 
I now go hy I worked my way up. My experience 
has proved a hlessing to me. and A\'hile there is 
much that is very l)itter and hard to l)ear as a con- 
seipience, I have no doul)t that it has heen so or- 
dert^d, and that I sliall tind it is for tlie liighest 
good. It has developed self-reliance and manhood 
in me. and I thaidc (xod every day that I know how 
a man he fore tlie mast feels. But for the Provi- 
dential direction of my life, I should he fighting- 
against my country like some of my kindred and 
friends." 

A look passed hetween Phil and myself when 
Lieutenant Bell referred to his heing of Southern 
hirth, and I knew that Pliil would like to have me 
tell him of my father. It had always been hard 
for me to talk of father with those who did not 
know him and the circumstances under which he 
had left home ; they might misunderstand him, 
and besides it could do no good. 

One of the duties of our ship was to watch the 
mouth of the river that communicated with the 
interior of the country, to intercept and capture 



2t_;8 



JWriniR AGAINST SOX. 



vessels eoiniiin' lioiii tlie ciicinv Avitli cottcui iind 
other carn'oes, in ;iii atleinpt to run tlie Mockade. 
So at tiiiu's wliilt' on this (hitv \w pciu'trated tliese 
]'i\'('rs for iniU's. Imt \yv were j^'eneralK' received hy 
thc ]i('o])h' w'illi iiion.' fiii'ru'v tliaii coui'tesy. 

In April, tak'iiiL;- advaiitaLj'e of the hi^'h tides pre- 
vailiiiL;'. we steamed up one of these l•i^■ers for se\- 
eral miles in an altem}it to capture some schooners 
said to he loaded with citttoii. waitiuL;" h)r a favoi- 
al)le chance to L;'et out. \\"e had n'one up the river 
some ten miles \\-ithout hdliuL;' in with these crafts, 
\\lien a hatterv on ihe i'i\'er hluff opened iii-e onus. 
While sleannn^' ahead to L;t't out of )-anL;-e we he- 
L;an to make reply witli shell. Phil was in eharn'e 
of tlie pixdt L;'un ahaft, and was makiiiL;' some line 
shots. In the undst of this excit in^;' lire an i^'uited 
sliell eartridye h'll out of the ^un to the de<dc and 
I'olled spntterinn' and hissinn' to starhoai'd, when 
Pliil st'ized a hucket of water and threw it upon 
the dangerous intruder, thus }ireveutinL;- a disastrous 
explosion on our deck. ()u)' commander, who saw 
the act, afterwards com}iliniented I'hil on his cool- 
ness, when Phil simj^jl}' remarked : 

'■'•'riie charge nnist liave heen damp, captain, or 
it woidd have exploded." 

The lieutenant, however, made mention of this 
heroit- conduct in his report, and after a Avhile. on 
his iveommendatiou, Phil A\'as appointed l)y the 
Secretary of the Navy a master's mate on the 
"•Spitfire" as a reward for gallant conduct. 



ox Tin-: -SPITFIRE.'" 2tj!) 

So Pliil had tlie ^ood t'ortuni' to win liis promo- 
tion, and it was tlic general feeling on board that 
no one ever more riehly ch'served it. 

That nig'ht, not .seeing anything of the vessels we 
were looking for, after some sharp exchanges of shell 
and shot, and after ^^'e had succeeded in making the 
position of the enemy untenable, we retired, fearing 
the eneni}- would Ijarricade the river below us. 

Early tlie next morning we started up the river 
once more, Avhen we found that the enemy had taken 
a position for their ])attery on a high bluff, where 
we could not give our guns sufficient elevation to 
shell them out. 

Seeing this, we backed down stream, at a bend in 
the river, out of sight. Here I was ordered by the 
lieutenant to take a l)oat with a party of men and 
make a recoruiaissance on shore, for the purpose of 
ascertaining the strength of the enemy. 

We landed in a swampy thicket, where, leaving 
our boat in charge of one man, we moved towards 
the enemy. We had not got out of the thicket 
when we came upon four of the rebel boats, and 
though we only surmised the purpose of their being 
there (because of the shovels and picks we found 
on board of them), we pushed them into the stream. 
After this we advanced along the river bank until 
we came near to the bluff where the enemy had 
established their battery. 

Here, after cautioning ni}^ men to make as little 
noise as possible, we made a wide circuit around 



FA7J/I:/! A'.A/XST SaX. 



tlic l)liit'l' and caiiK.' up in llif I'l-ar, for tin* [nirpdsc 
(if N|iyinL;- out tlir sitnatiun. 

W V lialtcd in a thick undcr^rowlli nt'black jacl<. 
|)inr. and tan'j'li'd \ ini'>. Ilcrc. Icaxini^' llif iiim. I 
(■i-('|it tdi'wai'di 1(1 wlici'c I was aMc In Idol-; (inl (in a 
(dcaivd s]Mil (111 llic liniw (if tlif liluff. wlicl'c the 
liattcr\' was stal i(inc(|. lint jusl as 1 was alidnl tn 
l(i(il< (lilt 1 licard a sdimd that made my licaU inniji. 
It was the nicasiii'cd ti'ani[i df a Imdy dt iiiaKdiinL;' 
men cdniin^- tdW ards mc I llattciitMl niyscll tdtlic 
L^Tdnnd and w'ailc(l. Tlicy were nidxiiiL;' ahuiL;' a 
path whicli fan sd ncaf td \\dicft' I was lyinL;' 
that it was astdiiishiiiL;- they did iidt sec inc : lint 
llic\ passed (Ui. and I had the satisfactidii df licaf- 
iiiL;' the Sdiiiid df tln'if fddtstcjis ^-fdW less and less 
distinct, and hnalh' die away in the distance. 

I iid'eifc(l fi'dni the ft'W" w'dfds I had heai'd them 
nttef that tliey \\"ei'e (ill theif way t( i sink the very 
scdws we had set adrift in the river for the pnrpdse 
(if harricadiiiL;' it. WIkmi I Iddked ont in the rear (if 
the eiienu's pdsitidii i saw sdiiie twenty men with 
their mnskets sta(d-;ed Idnii^-iiiL;' arciund the guns, 
laughing and making nncomplimeiitary I'eiiiarks 
al)(»ut the Yankee gnnneiy . 

r)etwe(,'n the liattery, \\hi(di cdusisted of three 
hrass lield-pieces and a light ship"s-gun, and the 
woods were stacked their muskets. 

1 crept hack to m\- juirty, and orih'red them for- 
ward. The whole [iart\' of twenty-live men was 
jsooii in [idsition. Then, with a rush, we were on 



ON THE •• SPITFIRE^ 271 

our foes, between tliem and their staeked muskets, 
calling upon them to surrender. 

Those that attempted to run we shot down, and 
the others surrendered. After rolling tlie light 
guns down the hluff and spiking the larger ship- 
gun we made our way haek to where \\e had left 
ourlioat; it was gone. From the sound of nuis- 
ketry down stream that broke out at just that timt', 
we concluded that the steamer was having a dis- 
pute with those who were attempting to barricade 
the river. 

We were in a quandary what to do, when 
Ivnowles's sharp eyes saw one of the scows of the 
enemy Ave had set adrift, caught in the projecting 
lind) of a tree. It was but tlie work of an instant 
to reach it and l)ring it to the shore, put our })ris- 
oners on board, and, using the shovels for paddles 
(for there w^ei'e no others), cross to tlie opposite 
side of the river, and go wdtli the current down 
to our steamer, in hope thus to reach her on the 
side from the enemy. 

Before we reached her, however, I discovered 
that they were on both sides of the stream, for 
when lower down there came a crackling of muskets, 
and several of our men and prisoners w^ere wounded. 
I do not know hoAv it would liave fared with us if 
one of our prisoners had not exclaimed, ''• You are 
firing on your friends ! " 

They ceased firing, and while they were hesitat- 
ino- and in doubt we shot out of range of their fire. 



FAl'lIi:il AdAINS'J' SiL\. 



Ill a few iiKHiH'iits I Avas safely on Imanl tlie 
" Sjiit lire "" witli my iirisoiicrs. 

It was not Idii^' Ijcforc we had clcaiuMl out tlie 
rinciiicii and were left luidisturhfil. 

Till' lieu tenant cDniniaiidiiiL;' cnnii)!! merited me on 
the maiiiuT 1 liail |ieriormed my part in this affair. 



ATTACK ON SECESSIONVILLE. 



CHAPTER XXIIL 

ATTACK OX SECESSIOXVILLE. 

When I reported to Lieutenant Dashway, lie at 
once resolved to make an attack on quite an impor- 
tant town on the river, some thirty miles above. 
His plan was to sweep the river, destroy salt-works, 
vessels, and any munitions of war tliat might Ijc 
found. The success of this plan depended upon 
surprising tlie enemy by a quick dash, and then 
fighting our way out again. 

I remendjer, even now while I write, the look of 
brave confidence on our youthful commander's face, 
and the determined resolution expressed in his firm- 
set jaw and in his steel-blue eyes, as he made this 
decision. 

As we passed the bluff down which we had 
rolled the guns and thrown the muskets we had 
broken, he said : 

"We '11 get those guns on board when we 
return." 

We had steamed up stream about fifteen miles 
without encountering the enemy, when we saw 
two schooners coming down on the tide. One of 
them, that was loaded with turpentine and cotton, 
was set on fire by her crew to prevent her falling 



274 FATIIIIR MrATyST SON. 

into Diif liaiids, ;iii(l tlic (itlicr -was run ashore in 
tln' nind. 

Wr I'aii alonLj'siilf of the olic wliicli liad been 
tircil. lint liiidiiii;' that it was inipossililc to sa\'t' 
lici- we cont iiiuc(l (111 our course. 'Idie ]iili it assni-iMJ 
onr conniiandci' t liat it was inijioHant tliat liesiionld 
lia\c da\liL;lit as wtdl as liiL;li tide to pilot the 
steaiiM'i' lia(d< throU!_;h tin' erooked ri\ cr-idiaiuud. 
^^'^■ stojiped just lonL; eliouyh to desll'o\- Some salt- 
works on the haid^s of the riN'er, and then dashed 
forward toward the town at a speed as L;r»':it as 
the crooked and narrowing' rixci' w'onld permit. 

( )n our ari'ixal at the little town we found the 
people totally unprej)are(l for our i-ecejition. AVe 
(pU(d<h- lan<le(| in oui' hoats. Imt not ([uickly enou^'h 
to [ii'eN'ent the escape ol scNci'al oflicers ])\ the dirt 
road, to a still lai'^er town some twenty miles from 
there. 

AVe threw out pickets to jirevent a surprise; Ave 
then took [)ossession of the court-house and other 
pul)lic huildings (^foi- it was the cimnty seat), and 
st'ized a immher of small arms, and a larij'e mail 
at the post-oflice, Avhere I had heen sent for this pur- 
pose. The postmaster had modestly secluded him- 
self, hut tlie mistress, either hi'aver than her hus- 
haiid, or having' moi'e confidence in Yankee sailors 
than he had, remained l)ehin(k I first seeured the 
mail and sent it to the hoat, and then confiseated 
the ne^'i'o servants at the ot'Hce and sent them to 
the steamei'. While I was performinL;' this duty the 



ATTACK OX SECESSION villi:. 27.) 

good ^^•()man of tlic iKtiise ^vas l)rav('ly stonning at 
iiu', witli all the epitliets at Iht coniniaiiil. I al- 
l()\\e(l none of the men iiiuler nie to make reply, 
and personally T treated her as eourteonsly as if 
she ^\'ere showering upon us eom[)liments instead 
oi unsavory ahuse. 

Whih" I was at the post-oftiee, few men were 
visil)le. as I liave intimated: l)ut I had one very 
pleasant visitor, Avliom I shall not easily forget. 
It A\as a heantiful young lady with the l)rig]itest 
eyes I ever saw, who, ]iot knowing that the otfice 
liad changed liands, had driven to the door, seated 
gracefully on a l)ony. 

As slie drove u[) I stepped to the sidewalk and 
lifted my hat. With her beautiful blue eyes she 
gave an inquiring flash at me, from the gold braid 
on my liat to the boots on my feet. I confess that 
glance made me feel very insignificant. She had 
not understood who or what I was until she alighted 
and stood at the door, when tlie shower of abuse 
from the wife of the postmaster enliglitened her. 
Then with one more flash from her eyes, she turned 
as if to remount her horse ; but that animal, as 
if it had become infected with the sentiments of the 
town, liad walked away from Yankee contagion. 

" Knowles," I said, for he was one of my party, 
" bring that horse here for the young lady." 

After some difficulty the pony was secured and 
Ijrought to the doorway, where the young lady ac- 
cepted my assistance in mounting. 



•2 7 C> I'\ 177/ /:.' /.' A<;.[/ XS T S X. 

Wviow start iiiL;' Iht Ikh'sc into a cairicr. slir tunu'd, 
l)o\\-c(l, and L;a\(' iiic a siiiilc tliat lor the instant 
conijilctcly tnrnc(I ni\- Iicad : then slic clattcrrd 
down t lie st I'cct. All lliis toolv place ill less time 
than it lias taken nie to tell it. 

Tlie recall liaxiiiL;' lieeii soiiiided sliortU' al'tei'. 
I said n'ood-daN' to llic scolding' niisti'ess and 
started for t1ie l)oal. Iv'iiowdes and the rest of 
my crew weiv just ahead of nie, leading' the waw 
lie turned Iiaid^ lo ni'L;e me to hiii'i'\', when in an 
inslaiil the party had Ljoiie IVcnii oiii- \iew. At the 
same time \\c caught siL;ht of some of the towns- 
[)eople sknlkiiiL;' and lyin^- in wait, and for fear 
tliat they nii^'ht open lire from the houses I tnrne(l 
into another street. 

This caused some dcday. and when I arl■i^'e(l 
at the landinL;- I was chagrined, not only at 
lindin^' that my hoat -was ^'oiie. Imt that some 
men had ^ot two ^'nns in ])osition on the left haidv 
of the river and were ahoiit to open liiv on the 
steamer. 

Thei'e was no time for ipU'stioii or d(da\'. I 
hastily n'lanced ah)nL;' the shoi'e to see if thert' A\-as 
some kind of a hoat in which T eonld Lj-et hack to 
the steamer, hut there was none in siLjht. I then 
dodg'ed around some old wai'ehoitsi's, and from 
thence down to tlie i'i\'er-side, -where thi(d-:.h)W foli- 
ae'e eoneeah'd me. Knowles liad !4'one in some 
other direction, where I did not eoiicern myself, 
]ia\'ine- enonnh trouhle of my own, and I A\'as left 



ATTACK ON SECKSSIoyVILLE. 2m 

to mv unpleasant reflections, and to work out my 
own salvation as best I could. 

I was in a bad tix, so much was sure. Here I 
was in an enemy's country, and that too after tak- 
ing a prominent part in depredations of a character 
hkely to wound the pride and aggravate the temper 
of niuch more humlile and better-natured peo})le 
than I ever gave these the credit of l)eing. 

1 sat down in the thicket to think out a plan 
of escape to the I'nion lines. I came to the con- 
clusion that I had l»etter keep as near the river as 
possible, as in case of pursuit I could s^^■im to tlie 
opposite bank, and also by this route I possibly 
might find a skiff or some other kind of boat to 
get do^^■n the river in. This disposition to keep 
near water is almost an instinct with sailors. I 
once asked an old sailor what he Avould do if he 
was ever compelled to beg, and he replied that 
if he ever got Avrecked like that on shore, the first 
thing he \^'ould beg was a boat to get away from 
hind in. Though, as the reader knows, I bad had 
some experience on land, I was thoroughl}- imbued 
with this feeling so common to sailors, and felt 
safer for being near the water. 

I was dressed in uniform ; had on my Ijelt, with 
sword and revolver, which an officer of my rank 
wore when on duty. Thinking that the gilt but- 
tons and gold braid of \\\j coat and hat might 
betray me if seen even at a distance, I turned my 
coat wrong side out and thrust my cap into one 



27 s 



FAl'llim ACMNST SUX. 



of its pockets, and |ilai'('(] on my head a 'j;v[iy sill<: 
liaii(lkfrcliicl' w oiiiid t iii-l)aii-lik'('. I tliiMi ix'jilacrd 
iii\' l»(dt and stalled down the ri\'er. keeping' to the 
wooded t'riiiLi'e lliat skirted iis slioi'es. 

This was late in tlie afternoon, and ni^iit soon 
eanie on. I ikKt its eoiicealinL;' \'eil I felt that 
!ii\' ehanees h>r escape wci'e iiici'easi'd : hut I had 
not L;'one more than a mile when 1 was sto})[ie(l hy 
a. ereek which I must ei'oss or l^'o arituiuk The 
latter was not to ])c thoU'^'ht of: so. in ho]»e eliat 
h\ da\liL;-ht 1 mi^ht lind a hoat in this litth' sti'eani 
(it was so near to the town). I eoiudnded t(j wail 
and make a sear(di lor this piir[iose. 

I found a sheltered nook. L;(it some dry leaves 
together for m\" hed, and muKcdiinL;' some slii[)"s 
hread whiidi I lanl in my pocket (to say nothiuL;' of 
chewing- the liittercud of rellectioii ), I fell asleep 
as sound as if in m\' hammo(d-; on hoai'd ship. I 
was awakene(k it seemed to me oidy a few moments 
later. h\- the mofuino- sun shining' in my hice. I 
was a little stiff and lame in m\' le^s : for a sailor 
unaecustometl to walking' on anythiuL;' hut ]ilanl< is 
soon wearied in his lei^'s while oii lamk 

The sk\' was (deai; and m\" mind was as (d(_'ar as 
the sky; I felt :M]ual to an\tliinL;'. The air was 
halmv, Avith just enoUL;h of the cool erispness ot 
spriuL;- in it to make exercise imitiny. I at onee 
he^'an to scan tlie shoi-es of tlie ereek for a hoat to 
cross in. and to pursue mv tra\"(ds umU'i" morv' I'asy 
eiretimstanees. 1 was following a ri\er path when 



. ( T7\i CK ON SEC/-: SSh )X 1 7 A /. /•;. l^T ! » 

I lieard the tramp (if horses, and in my modest 
desire not to attraet attention, I ste[)ped from the 
patli to the coneealing- foliage. Two liorsemen 
walked their horses [last me. I heard the Avord 
'' YaidxS,** and tlien one of tlieni said, *•' Ulieir 
steamer is slnit in so they can't get away." 

I inferred from tliis that the '' Spitlire " had been 
detained in tlie river over niglit ])y barrieades or 
other obstrnctions. I did not trouble myself al)out 
that, for I had learned that one can best attend to 
duty who attends to that which is liefore him, and 
who does not fret over things that are not present 
to his senses. 

I was now more cautious, for I knew I must 1)6 
near houses, or a liouse at least, and I also knew 
that if I fell in with any one but a field negro I 
was likely to find an enemy. 

I went nearer to the water, and began to scan 
every nook along the shore near me, to find a boat. 
I was not long in finding a small skiff tied to a 
tree ; there were no oars in her, and believing them 
to be hidden near the boat I began to look for 
them. I was just about to give up the search 
when I was confronted by an old and very l)lack 
negro, with a pair of oars on his shoulder and a 
basket in his hand. I had found the oars, but 
with them an unpleasant incumbrance that was 
likely to upset my plans. 

We both lialted in surprise, in a sort of ''• Who 'd 
'a" thonght of seeing you/'" manner. I, however, 



2S() ]\['riiEi: A<:\ixsT soy. 

]vci)\\'vvd my ^^"ils and sclt'-|ii)ssrssi(>ii lii-st aii<l said, 
"I want to Ixiii'ow yoiir Ixiut and oars aAvhile, 
boy."" 

] liad Icanit'd tliat assnraiicc and clir-ek go a 
good WAV \y\{]\ oi-dinai-\ men. and lliat tlio blacks 
of tlic Sonlli were no cxcciition to lliis rnlc 

'•('an't Icn" dis boat, sar,"' said tbc bjark man; 
"got to go lis]i"n'.'" 

'"No one will laiow anything abont it,"" I said, 
''so let me take tlu' oai's."" 

I'.ut tbongli lie bcsitatt'd lie a|i[ian'iul\' did not 
tall in with my mode of looking at things. Seeing 
this, 1 (dianged my tactics liy saying, •• Wdiat ha\'u 
voii got in I hat basket ? "' 

''(lot a jtome, sai'. lo" m" dinner." 

'• Here,"" I said. •' 1 will gi\c yon this silver half- 
(h)llar for voni' diinier."" 

I oh'ered this, parlly because I wanted the dinnei', 
and partlv to get him tti commit himstdf so he 
must <h) more. Seeing liim hesitate. 1 said, '• Kee[) 
till' basket, I want only tlie food."' 

He I'eaidied out his hand for the silver, and then 
handed me the food. It Avas fried chi(d\en, corn 
cake, and sweet potatoes. I ate a })ortion and }iut 
aside the rest for future use, and between Itites 
said to tlie ohi darkey: 

^ Sam, I 'm a Yankee ; when we get these rebs 
licked, Uncle Abe 's going to give yon all yonr 
freedom. Now, if you '11 just row me down to our 
steamer to-niodit I '11 u'ive von a hundred dollars in 



ATTACK ON SECESSIOXVILLE. 281 

greenbacks ; besides you'll get your freedom with- 
out waiting for it." 

'' I knows y' was a Yank — one o' them dat 
was up to de co't-house dar, an* de pos'-offis ; 
I see ye dar, sar, an' I knows 30' fust t"ing, l)ut T 
reckon I caun't go, sar; I 's got a wife an' chil'n, 
sar, an" a right good ma's'r." 

" Well, then," I said, '' set me across here and 
then go on with your fishing, and I '11 give you this 
greenback." 

The old man's eyes glistened, and after looking 
cautiously in every direction, he consented to row 
me across the creek. 

After he had landed me on the shore I handed 
him the gTeenl)ack and then said, " Is n't there 
a Johnstone family living here, or near some- 
where ? " 

" No, sar, but ole Mass'r Rufus Johnstone libs 
'bout twenty mile' from yere on de dirt road, 
sar." 

I reflected, '•'• So I am among luy father's people 
as well as among enemies." 

" Where is the young ^Master Johnstone ? " 

" He 's to de war in Richmond, I reckon, sar." 
And the old man peered curiously into my face, as 
if he would understand why I asked such ques- 
tions. 

" Where 's his boy Andrew now ? " 

"Golly, sar, I reckon he to d' war wid Ma's'r 
Rufus, sar ; he 's pow'ful fon' ob him ; mighty 



•2S'2 FATffirn A(;.\ixst soy. 

|)i'(tii(| Itov, sar."" .Vnd tlie old ivmii ^ave me 
audtlicr (|Uestioiiiiin' Iddk. as it lie would like to 
know liow I knewaiiytliing'df the " (|Ualily people "' 
of that loeality. 

He told me that in less tliaii three miles T -would 
eome upon anothci' crt'el-;. I ti'ied to L;'et liim to 
promise that hi' would l^o (h)\\n to thai ereek 
and set me aeross : oi-, lictter still. Ind}) me down 
the ri\rr several mile^. Ili'linally }>romised me he 
would if he eould An so without (kinger of heini;- 
found out. 

I did not think lie \\-ould betray me. uor did 1 
ha\'e nnudi eoiihdeiiee in evei' seeini;- him a^ain. 
Self-interest ^\■ould. I argued, keep him from 
l)etra\ini;- me. toi' he was likely to he puiushe(l 
if it was known that he had heen holdiiiL;' eoii- 
versation a\ ith, and takiny money from, a Yankee. 
I afterwards leai'Uetl that the friendliness shown 
to tlistressed I'nion soldiers so uniforndy during- 
the war, was largely })ronipted hy that feeling the 
poor ever have for those who are more tmtortunate 
than themselves. 

I tra\'eled along the river-side witliout incident 
of note until I t-ame to the ereek whieh the old 
negro had mentioned. 

On arriving tliere I seated myself in tlie sun- 
shine near the ereek. I>aek of me ran a eart-})ath 
or n)ad but little used. T had not been there long 
wdren the sound of voices arrested my attention. 
T looked throim-li the mass of foliage and saw two 



ATTACK ON SECESSfOXVfLLE. 2S5] 

men leisiiivly walking' along the path. ( )ne was 
elderly, the other young, tall, and good-looking, 
but with a sinister ex[)ression on his face that gave 
nie an instinctive dislike, similar to the repulsion 
that pe()})le feel towards a serpent. The younger 
was saying : 

''If I succeed T shall expect your intluence, or 
something mijre, with your ward." At this the 
elder man said })roudly : 

^ I won't interfere, understand tliat, John Ferold ; 
an old man whose sympathies are blunted has no 
right to interfere in a young- girl's choice of a 
husband.*' 

I had noticed that near the river was a liouse 
of the liberal Southern pattern of the better 
people, and inferred that these gentlemen belonged 
there. After they had passed I went up the Ijank 
of the river to get a better outlook, and then, hav- 
ing seen but the one house Avitli its cluster of 
negro cabins, I turned Ijack and went down the 
bluff in another direction ; here I ao-ain beo-an 
to scan the shores for some kind of a boat with 
which to cross. 

T had about given up the thought of finding one, 
and had seated myself among the foliage but a little 
way from the water, and had begun to remove my 
clothes in order to swim the stream. I had taken 
off my coat and belt and was glancing around for 
something to float them on, when T heard a splash- 
ing in tlie water. I looked out through the bushes. 



i!S4 hwrui.ii A'iMxsT s(i\;. 

and a tiiiv. iiannw Imat in wliicli was seated re 
\i»uiil;' and L;i-aeerul \\<iinaii drifted into view. It 
was almost like a sliock when she turned her head 
towai'ds nie and I saw the same lieautiful laee I 
had seen at the iiost-ollice. 

She was hanL;in;^' oMT the side of the little craft, 
s[ilashiiin' the watei- [ilayfully with her hands. I 
lien'an to ailmire hei' n.nconseious and L;raeeful pose, 
as with her slee\cs I'oHimI hacdc she eaUL;'ht at a. 
lloatiui;- lily k'af or paddled the water -with hei' 
hands. I thon^'ht thai I had never seen so hean- 
tiful a siLj'ht. A strand of hei' loii^- braid of hair 
had heeome detaelie<l and almost swept the water, 
while a few tin\- eurls [ila\e(l at her ears and on 
her white neek. The si^ht hrou^'ht a sti'ange 
regret that I was a stran^'er and an enemy. 
Ashanie(l of mv va^'i-ani. traitorous thoughts, I 
turned to shut them from my mind. 

I was ahout to resume my outer elothing when 
thei'c was a splash and a little seream. I turned 
and saw the s^'irl in the \\'ater, where she had been 
})reei[)itated l>v the partial U[isettin^' of her boat. 
1 rushed to her reseue. for how, eveu Avlien in 
daULi'er mvself, could I hesitatt' lo respond to a call 
of humanity? 

A few strokes brou^'ht me to her just as she was 
eoming U[) from tnidei' water a secoud time. I 
had soon brought hei' to the shore, wliere she la^' 
like a dead [lersoii. while 1 danced around like a 
frantic lunatic ratlier than like a seiisil)le young 




I TOOK HER UP AGAIN AND STRODE RESOLUTELY TO THE HOUSE. 



Al'TACK OX SErESSIOXVILLE. 285 

mail. T lillcd my cap \\\{\\ water and (leluL;c(l ]ier 
face, Avlien the poor girl was sutt'eriiig- alread}' from 
a surfeit of that element. 

Then my })resence of mind returned with the 
thought of my own peril, and remendjering the 
formula for restoring the drowning I applied it, 
and soon had the satisfaction of seeing her open 
her eyes. I waited no longer, 1)ut putting on ni}- 
eoat right side out I adjusted my belt, put on my 
cap, and taking her in my arms hurried u[) the 
hank to the house I had seen. As 1 M'as rushing 
on, witli her dripping form clasped in my arms, she 
regained consciousness and gave a little shriek as 
if her lieart was in the cry. Then grasping my 
neck with one small, heautiful hand, she said 
imperiously, '" Put me down, sir." 

I obeyed, for I was [)i(|ued and cool enough 
then. "• You fell into the river : excuse me if I 
could n't see you drown. I must help you to the 
house." 

As if to emphasize tliis view of the situation, 
she once more fainted. I took her up again and 
strode resolutely, and I confess somewhat angrily, 
to the house. 

She had meanwhile l)ecome conscious, and with- 
out more ado allowed me to carrv her up on the 
broad veranda, where I laid her down on a couch 
or seat, and Avas confronted by the elderly gentle- 
man I had seen earlier in the day. 

''What does this mean, sir?" he sai<l, haughtily 



28(3 



FA THE 11 . 1 (1. 1 INS T SON. 



yliineiiiy at my unil'oii;!. "T have n't tlu' }ik'asiin' 
of \(iiii' ac(|iialiilaiic('. 

''The uirl lia<l I'allfii into the watei': I did iTt 
tliiiilc an iiitrcHliictioii was iiecessai'v to sa\<' her 
t'roiii (h'owiiiiiL;', sii'."' 1 said in tones as frigid as liis 
oANii. '' I'.xrusc nil', sii', h)!' sa\ iiiL;' she lias rcccixcd 
a scNcit' shoclv and nccils iiiniic(liate altcntioii."' 

'V\\v ohl ^cnt leiiiaii, wlio liad e\'identl\ l»cen 
almost ]iaraly/.t'<l Iiy the apiiaritioii of a \ ankre 
oflicer Ix'foif him ninhT snch ciriMimstanees, no\\- 
eamt' to his senses and lie^aii L;ivinL;' to the stupid 
S('r\ants i'a[iid and intflli^t'iit ordms. 

1 said " fiood-day"" and was al)ont to withdraw, 
when tlie ohl ^'eiitlemaii said : 

'' A moment, sii': to whom am 1 indehlcd '/ "' 

"• Knsinii .lolinstone. of the I'nitcd States navy, 
sir,"* I replied stiflly. 

The old Li'entlfman extended his hand and 
g'raspi'd mine heartily, saying : 

" Kxcuse me if I was somewhat shaken. I as- 
sure A'ou no offence A\as intended. .M\' nanu' is 
Henderson, sir. 'Idie young lady yon saved from 
the watei' is my ward, Miss Dora Henderson. I 
am deeph vour (lel)tor. Please step into the room 
with nu'."" 

1 rather I'eluetantly eomplied, for though T was 
anxious to knoA\- if Miss l)t)ra had recovered, I felt 
I nuist be h^ioking- out for myself or go to a rebel 
prison. 

]Miss Tlenderson was in an adioinincr room and 



ATTACK OX SECESSinXVILLE. 287 

was, so the old negress who liad taken eharge of 
her said, "• fast recovering."' 

Having learned this, I tnrned to Mr. Henderson, 
saying : 

"I am here, as you must understand, under con- 
ditions of some peril, aiul will hid you good-day."' 

Then I lifted my hat and was a1)out to go, when 
he grasped n.iy hand, saying : 

"■ I see — hum — haw — yes ; very handsome of 
you, and the circumstances don't lessen my oljliga- 
tions in the least," and then significantly added: 

" Remeniher I know nothing beyond that. You 
are safe here if you will remain. I am under great 
ol)ligations to you. 1 am sure." 

He accom})anied me to the door and I walked 
down through the grove. 



288 F.\i'iii:n acaixst sun. 



CUWTVAX XXTV. 



DOWN riii: i;i\i:i;. 



As I walkiMl down ihc iinciiuc IcadiiiL;- throni^li 
llic L;i'(>\'r I met lace to lace the \(iiiiil;' t^'ciit k'liiaii 
wlioiii I ]ia\'t' ali'cafly iiiciitidiicd having' seen witli 
tlic older man. lie stopped and made a (pii(dv 
motion to liis liip |»o{d<ct. 1 did not lit'sitatu, l>ut 
plact'(l m\- hand siL;inliiaiitl\' to m\' belt. 

"Miss ! Ii'iiik'isoii."" I said, "has na-t witli an ac- 
cichMit.'" 

Witlioiit waitiiiL;' to licar more he started up tlie 
avenue as if lie had been shot out of a yun. I 
smileil to myself to see how (piiekly I had turned 
the eurrent of the youn^ man's thouyhts. 

Ever siuee I had [dnn^cd into tlie water, and 
especially siuee I had taken tlie youug kidy \n my 
arms, mv uerves had heeu invigorated so that now 
my feet seemed seart-ely to tout'h the grouu(k I 
had no sense of (kiuu'er. and my mind was theu as 
clear as if (k)iug' duty on slii[)hoard. 

I found the little boat from Avhicli the yoiuig 
lady had been precipitated, diiftiug iu the creek ; 
I strippetl, swaiu out, and lirouyht it to the shore, 
tipped the w'ater from it, and viewed with uuich 
satisfaction the light and graceful proportions of 



rxnvx Till': river. 280 

the craft Avhicli I liad (U-tcntiined, without any 
coiupunctions of conscience, to take possession of 
as an act of war. 

After dressing- and turning my coat once more, 
so as not to attract too much attention, I took the 
oars and rowed away down the creek, out into the 
broader river, lio[)ing to reacli our lines. 

I was forty miles and more from Pamlico Sound, 
and how many from my ship I did not know : 
I was encompassed l)y dangers, without provisions 
or any means that I knew of of obtaining any. I 
recognized, however, that I must not hesitate on 
that account. I decided, also, tliat time was of 
the greatest consequence in this attempt ; that 
while I could not do wholly without food, I could 
at a pinch go forty-eight hours with the little 
that I had on hand, and must bear hunger I'cso- 
lutely if need be, rather than give over my attempt 
to reach my ship. 

While thus busy with my thoughts I was row- 
ing with a long, steady pull, and at the same time 
admiring the boat as she shot through the water 
in answer to my strokes. In glancing her over, I 
saw a blue ribbon which I had no doubt belonged 
to the young lady; I stopped, picked it up, and 
wet as it was placed it in my breast pocket. As I 
did so I smiled, and felt myself blushing at so 
sentimental an act. 

I rowed along near the left Ijank of the river, 
in order to keep out of sight. I was not a little 



200 i\\'riii:i; acaixsi' sox. 

clatcil at tlif iiiaiiiK'r in wliicli, sd far. I had cscajird 
ii'diii tlif riiiiijiliratious of ilic iiKiniiii^'. and alsd at 
tlic decided Id-i^liteuilin' ( if lii\" jU'dSperts. M \- iin- 
derL;'aniieuts wei'e wet Iml I did imi tiiiiid that, for 
a saih)]' ^■i■ts aeeii.sti lined in it as diie df tlie iiise[)- 
ai'alile cdinniidiis dl' his life d)i ilic sea. The 
weaUiei' was iiiil(h and tlie exereise df l■d\\•in^■ kept 
nie warm. 

1 hdii!_;li, as a \\diiih\ I was iidt (TissatishiMl v.dtli 
niy ediidnet in reseniiiL;- liie AnnnL;' lad\" I fdnnd 
iiivsell' i-e\ iew in^;- the deeuri'eiiee. and AxishiiiL^' I 
liad said tliis di' that, and left tinilttered the things 
I had said. 

In alnint three hours I reaehed a [)art df the 
ri\'er where I saw that the enein\' had atteni}»ted 
td eonstniet a l)arriea(h-. I also saw an o]teinn!4' 
whei'e it lool-:ed as if the •• Spittii'e "" liad lir(.il<en 
throUL;h this o]»struetion under a full head of 
steam. ( ilaneinn' hi^'h u}i dii the ri\ cr-lianks al)OVe, 
I saw that the enemy had a hatterv in pdsitidn 
tliei'e. Jitstas I maih' this dise(;)\ ery, '* liang' " came 
a I'ejidil from one of the n'uns, and a shot threw 
ti[) a jet of water heyond me. I <hd not increase 
my stroke, for 1 knew it was haid to hit a niov- 
ahle target; l)esides. if I showed liaste in trying 
to get away it woithl eoidirm tlieir sttspieion that 
1 was an enemy, and lead tlient to pay more ener- 
getie attention to me tlian if they were in doul)t; 
wdiile if I rowt'd qttietly it wotild leave them un- 
certain, and 1 shotild ^et the benelit of it. With 



DOW.X Till-: RIVER. 291 

this I rowed dclilw'i'atL'ly to tlio side on \A'liicli tin' 
battery was planlt'il, as if I was about to land tht-rc 

When I liad got under the shelter of the shore. 
and out of sight, I elnng close to the wooded mar- 
gin and rowed with all my might, for fear of an 
unpleasant challenge. Circumstances favored me, 
and I neither saw nor heard an^'thing more from 
the Confederates at that time. 

I had meanwhile made such speed tliat I was 
soon a half-mile from where I had seen the battery. 

It was (piite late in the afternoon when 1 hove 
in sight of the schooner that had been run on shore 
1)}' the enemy, and the blackened timbers of the 
one that they liad set on hre to prevent it falling 
into our hands. ^\.s I saw no one, I rowed up 
under the stern of the grounded craft, fastened my 
boat, and went hand over hand up to her deck by 
means of her davit-ropes that hung dangling at her 
stern. 

On reaching the deck I gave another glance in 

o o O 

every direction without seeing an enemy, and then 
went down the companionway into her cabin. 

She had evidentl}^ been well ransacked before m}- 
arrival, and for a time I could find nothing to eat 
to reward my search. 

I had about given over the attempt, when I per- 
ceived in an obscure corner what I thought was a 
cupboard. I soon was satisfied that it was, and as 
it was locked, after some trouble in finding the 
means for doing so, I smashed in the [)anels. 



±)-2 FATiii:/; .K.AJXs'j' soy. 

I was (Iclii^litcd to liiid wliat I have no donlti 
was the caiilaiii s |ii'i\;itc store of food. Tlicn' wci'c 
SOUR' vci y iiicf sliij) hiscnit of a superior (|ualit\', 
sdiue caudles, also sar(]iiies and otlier canned ^'oods, 
as well as jams, cigars, and otliei' n'oodies, such as 
elieese and soda ei'aek'ei's. I lilled in\' ])ockets with 
food, an<l ate as I went' ai'ound tlie schooner on mv 
errand of exaniinalioii. 

After this I sat down at a little talile and satis- 
tied my a[ii)<'tite with canneil preser\ cs. and oilier 
things, which tasteil so n'ood that I couhl have 
shaken hands with the captain and coiu|iliinenle(l 
him on his l;()0(1 taste in selecting' these pi'ovisioiis 
h)r me. A full stomach made me find well 
contented with my (piarters, and I <lecide(l to 
remain on lioai'd until dai'k. ha\c a nap, and then 
with darkness resume my journey dowai the ri\'er, 
in ho[)es with the (kiwn of the next day to tind 
myself with still Itetter prospects of reachiuL;' ni\' 
shi]). 

llaviuL;' made this decision. I lay down on the 
transom in tlie eahin. dosinj^' and thiid<iug over tlie 
oecun-ences of the day. In spite of the danger 
that encompassed me, 1 had not l)eeu al)le to get 
the beautiful face of ^liss Dora Henderson out 
of my mind. T confess I did uot like the idea of 
a little re])el taking so uuieh space on the walls of 
my fancy, and tried to shut her ottt. l>ut try as I 
might her face obtruded itself. 

I couldn't itnderstand it, for I was not (or at 



DfnVX Tin: lUVER. 203 

least up to that time liad never Leen) su.seeptil)le 
to the charms of woman or girl. Finally, I 
explained to myself that, as I had read somewhere, 
when one does a favor or renders a service to a 
})ers()n he is all the more likely to have a liking' for 
that person, and I thought that tliis unusual antic 
of my fancy nnist l)e owing to that. 

P>ut tliis revery, or train of thouo-ht, was ab- 
i'n}itly ended hy what sounded like the click of 
oars. I listened, and my worst fears Avere con- 
iirmed hy liearing voices. I cautiottsly sprang up 
the com[)anion\vay, and peering over the side of 
the schooner saw a l)oat in which Avere three men 
coming alongside. I at once crept forward and 
went down the hatchwa}' of the hold, for I knew 
that they were less likely to visit this place than 
the cabin. Here I stowed myself away otit of 
siglit. and listened. I Avas afraid that when they 
found my boat they Avould look for me. 

HoAv long I la}' there I do not knoAA-, as sensa- 
tions very imperfectly record time, and often make 
minutes seem like hours, or the reverse. 

After a long time of waiting without hearing 
any more from the intruders, for so I considered 
them, I ventured on deck, crept aft, looked over 
the stern. ]My boat Avas gone. I now bitterly 
reproached myself for my needless tarry on board, 
when I might, as I said to myself, liave been in 
better business. It was, lioAvever, useless to get 
blue OA^er my loss. Neither did I long debate the 



■294 /'. 1 7 11 1: 1! .UiAl A .s 7 • ,S (L\. 

course I imisl pursue. I resolved to swiui to the 
shore in Di'ler to reeo\cr tlie hoat I had lost, or 
if possiltle liiid another. 

I lirst \\"eut down into the eahin and lit one of 
the candles that wci'c in the captain's stores, and 
then looke(l tlie schooner o\'er with the vai^'ue hope 
tliat there might l)e a skiff in her hold: hut there 
Avas noiu'. All that I could lind that in tlu' least 
reseinhlcil one was a larL;i' wash-tid). I eai'ried 
this to the deck, attache(] a cord to it, reuioxed 
and [ilaced in it \\\\ clothiuL;' and sonic of the }>ro- 
visions, and sol'th" ^'ettiuL;' it o\cr the side of the 
schooner, swam for (he shore, towiny' the precious 
tul» after me. 

I iiad not, however, taken a dozen strokes, when, 
on lookiuL;' liack', I saw the schooner slowdy swiug- 
ing fi'oiu the shore. At hrst I coidd scarcely 
credit mv sc'uscs. l)ut wlu'ii I hecame salistie(l that 
I was not deeeiA'cd, I returned, (dimhed U[) ln'r 
side to hei' deck once moi'e, took U[i the tuh, 
dix'ssed. and then going aft put the hidm of the 
eraft hai'd aport, until she slowly swung around 
with her hows pointing down stream. An unusu- 
ally high tide had wcjrked the vessel from the 
mud. 

( )nee more mv ho[)es rose at tlie thought that I 
might he ahh' to get l)oth the eraft and myself to 
the steamer. If, liowever, I anticipated a clear 
coui'se wdth any special favors from fortune, I was 
out of my reckoning. 



DOWN Till' RIVER. 295 

OveiH'onfidenee, lik(,' pride, goes before a fall, 
and mine Avas seareely on its feet before it 
stumbled. 

It was bright starlight; the sky was uiuisnally 
clear, and I had l)ut little difliculty in keeping my 
course in the channel. The schooner moved so 
slowly that I became impatient, and running for- 
ward hoisted the jib. This made a creaking sound 
that seemed the louder because of the still night ; 
l)ut 1 did not desist on that account. I cleated the 
sheet, for the wind was fair, and hurrying aft once 
more took the tiller to bring her on her course 
(for she had fallen away frt)m it), when from the 
liver banks there was a flash followed by the roar 
of the gun. A shot came crashing tlu'ough the 
schooner, then came a liail from the shore : 

''What craft is that?'' 

''• Schooner ' Blanche,' '" I replied, "■ going to try 
and get out by the Yankee gunboats ; and you 've 
hurt the ' Blanche ' with your gun." 

For a short time there was no reply from the 
shore; then another voice called out: 

'•'■ 'T won't do ; there "s no such schooner on the 
river. Come ashore ! " 

" Ay, ay, sir," I responded, and then putting 
the helm a-starboard to give the appearance of 
obedience, I began to take off \n\ clothing once 
more, put it in the tub, which I low^ered over 
the side, and then followed it into the water. 

The river was not wide, and I was able to reach 



20n FATUllU AGA/ysT SOX. 

tlu' sliore opposite to the l)att('rv vcrv qnickly. 
lle'iv, al'tei' rt'suiiiiiii;' my rlotliiiig. iiiid tnekiiig' in 
iii\- [)ock<'ts all tlic pi'ovisioiis tlicy would hold, I 
slai'tcfl u]) tlu' I'ivri' liaid\, cliuclxliiiL;' in my sleeves 
at tlie \'anl<ee ti'icd-: I had played on my enemies. 

I ha<l not i^'one hir when 1 heard the g'lms of 
the liatter\' han^'in^' away at the sehooner onee 
nioic. I lauL;'hed ;il this, hut I laugdied too soon, 
h)i' dead ahead of nie there eame a sharp challenge 
and the elieh of cocking' a nnisket. "Halt!"' 
eame the order danyerously near me. 

I (pn(dd\- i-eeog'uized tliat it Avas of no use to 
ivsist, as the enemy A\'as on hoth starl)oard and 
pnrl sides. 

" We uns are A\atehin' f'r ye Yank I " said a 
voice. 

I sui'rendered with as nnich g'race as Avas possi- 
hle, and with a guard l)efore and l)ehind me was 
marched t(» a house near hy, wdiere, in a large 
i-ooni lighted only hy a pitch-pine tire, sat at a 
tahle t\\-(^ Coid'ederate officers. One of these was 
a young and pleasant-looking person, dressed in 
the unifoiin of a lieutenant-colonel, and the other 
was a tall and humorous-looking individual, who 
was acting as adjutant to the lirst-named, wdio was 
in eonnnand of the forces stationed there. 

•• We uns have got a Yankee s})y, kennel," said 
the sergeant wdio acc(impanied me. The colonel 
looked at me from head to foot as 1 said, somewhat 
angrily: 




THE RIVER WAS NOT WIDE, AND I WAS ABLE TO REACH THE SHORE 
OPPOSITE TO THE BATTERY. 



DOWy THE RIVER. 297 

"I am Ensign Jolnistone, of the United States 
navy, sir, and I ol)je('t to tins man's insulting 
epithet." 

"Where is your uniform, sir?" said the colonel 
sharph', and [)ointing to my coat, which was still 
wrong side out. 

I unhuckled my belt and passed him my arms 
and then took off my coat and put it on right 
side out, as a i'e})ly to his (question. 

The colonel nodded pleasantly, and said, " Take 
a seat, sir, and explain why you are here in dis- 
guise.'" 

I thanked him, took the proffered seat, and re- 
plied : 

"■ I am one of the party that made an attack on 
Secessionville. I Q-ot left behind, and not being- 
able to reach the steamer in season she sailed with- 
out me, and I have been trying my best to get out 
of your country ever since." 

"• Sort o' felt you wa'n't appreciated here 'mong 
the rel)s, I suppose ? " said the adjutant. 

"•' On the contrary, sir," I replied, in the same 
tone, " I felt that they appreciated me too well, 
after our visit." 

The colonel smiled with easy confidence as he 
said : 

" We won't discuss the mattei' liere — this is 
not a trial, and we will not condenni you ; that is 
for others to do, if it is to be done." Then he 
said pleasantly, " It was a very gallant and daring 



2n.S FAllli:i! ACMXST SO.V. 

u(l\ cnliu'c. that I'aid of your j^'unboat U[) the rivei'. 
I wiiiild haw (Idiif as iiiucli for the Vaiiks if 1 could 
liavr tlic pleasure of L;cltiuL;' into their country; hut 
you nuist u"t ex|iec-t that our folks are ^'oiui;' to he 
pleased at your visit, or feel surprise if they niaki' 
V(iu suffer some incoiiveiui'Uces on account ol it." 

Shortly aftei' this some food \\'as hroui^ht in that 
sm(dle<l \ery app> t i/.iii^'. 

••Will \ou joiii us at supper, sir?" said the 
coloiud polit(dy. 

•• 'I1iaid;s,"" 1 said: •'you liave evidently seen 
st'rvii-e, and a[)preciate that a man may l)e a pris- 
<»ner and \ct a L;,<'ntleman."" 

'• Ves, I was made a pi'isoner at Malvern Hill, 
Lj'ot a shot ill the left win^'."" he said, liftiuL;' that 
arm. which 1 now for the tirst time noticed hung 
rathei' limp hv his side. " I h;ul no cause for com- 
plaint while T was with the Yaid<s. It's ahout 
all the vacation I 've had since this war hegan : *" 
and the x'oung coloiud smiled. 

•• ( )iu' peo[)le."" said tlu' adjutant, ••have heeii a 
o-()(id deal stirred u[) hy the visit of your steamei', 
and hetween heing riled and surpi'ised, they are 
likely to he powerful unceremonious in the kind 
of reception they give you." 

•• Well," I said, •• I hardly expeet they will 
shower me with rose-water.** 

•'No, I iT'ckon not." said the colonel; these 
homh-pi'oofs are luMvy dogs, 1 reckon, when they 
have caught a ^^uik." 



Dowy nil-: river. 299 

After I had Ik^mi to su[)pt'r I was sent to the 
g'uard-rooin, whicli was a shed attached to tlic 
liuilding'. Here I hiy (h)wii and slept more soundly 
than most people do in their beds. 

In the morning the eourteous colonel in^"itl■d nie 
to breakfast, allowed me the use of soap and water, 
and otherwise treated me with as much courtesy 
as if I had been his friend instead of an enemy. 

" I have orders to send you to Secessionville," he 
said after breakfast. "'I sn[)pose you will l)e on 
exhibition there for a while."' 

I thanked the colonel for his courtesy, and then, 
under guard, was marched away to tlie town tliat 
had so lately been the recipient of so many atten- 
tions from the officers and men of the '' Spitfire " 
tliat I thought it not unlikely the}' would consider 
it a matter of honor to return them all on my 
unworthy self. 

I was so closely guarded during this march that 
there was not the slightest chance for me to get 
away. The tramp was a long one, and, unaccus- 
tomed as I was to such exercise, I was very tired 
when we halted for the night some ten miles from 
the town. 

The next morning, after an uneventful night, 
we resumed our march, and reached Secessionville 
a little after noon, wliere, like an ordinary crim- 
inal, I was consigned to the common jail. 



oOO FATHER AdAIXST SON. 



CIIAPTRR XXY. 



TIMKI) AMI ('(>XI)1:MXI:I). 



I HAD lu'^iui to Ion II a very lii^li estimate of the 
Soutlieni |)eo[»lf. The coiisidcralr courtesy of tlie 
\-oiin'_;- colonel and the ^'ciicral ^'ood treatment l»y 
tlic soldiers \\lio foi'iiKMl my yuard led me to 
l)(di('vc that I should I'cctdvc all the consideration 
allowed hy military rides. I had not the slightest 
idea, notwithstanding the hints that had 1»een 
thrown out hy the young oflieer, that I should l>e 
regarded othei'wist' than as a, prisoner of war. I 
did not then know tliat the most vindictive enemy 
in WAV is the non-cond)atant : that those who are 
lighting Avith heaiiy godd-wiH lose all tlieir viu- 
dietiveness \\hen their enemies are helpless in their 
liands ; that those Avlio have not had hard fighting 
ai'e apt to wi'eak on defenceless [irisoners of war, 
whom Providence has thrown into tlieir hands, all 
the accumulated hatred of their liearts, which is 
all the more l)itter l)eeanse they are too eoAvardly 
to meet their enemy in 1)attle. where, strange as it 
may ap[)ear, men often gain a hearty respect for 
one another. 

The moment T came in coiitaet with those wlio 
had not heen liijhtino- I beo-an to receive I'oualiaiid 



TRfED AXD CONDEMNED. -^01 

disrespectful treiitineiit. The Home Guard that had 
taken charge of me at the town heaped on me 
insulting epithets, the mildest of which was 
"Yankee, thief, and a1)olitionist." 

At the jail a young (officer of the Home Guard, 
in a sort of "stand and deliver" style, relieved me 
of knife, handkerchief, and also of my watch (a 
gift from my father), and all of my money he could 
find on my person, though he did not get all, for I 
had concealed in my shoes two five-dollar green- 
backs ; and as he did so, with every article taken, 
he reiterated the remark, apparently for my conso- 
lation, " Contraband of war, sar ! " 

After this ceremony, for the young fellow, with 
his ritualistic reiteration, evidently intended to 
•make it such, I was put into a closet-like, narrow 
room, which had not a single window in it, nor 
apparently any other means of ventilation. The 
light was completely excluded from it, so that, 
though it was still day when I was put there, I 
could not for a time distinguish its size or contents. 
It had an ill smell as if untidy and filthy persons 
had been confined there previous to my incarcer- 
ation. 

As I sat in one corner of this pen I heard the 
sound of footsteps, the door opened, and a flood of 
light poured from a window in the corridor ; and 
then for the first time in my life I realized how 
good and beautiful daylight was. 

"Whar' ar' y', y' durned Yankee spy?" said the 



FA/n/'J; .K.A/XST SoX. 



person: and liicii tlicrc apprarcd a lace dxcr his 
slioiildcr. wliicli 1 at (iiicc rfi-(iL;-iii/.(Ml as tliat ot llif 
\(iU1il;' man win. mi I liad heard .Mr. Ilcnih^rson call 
.((ihn l'"rl'(ild. 

" Whew ! "" he ejaculated: "it smells of the 
durneil ^^|ld-;. (iet a lanteni." 

'* Would n"l it he well, -lolin l-'ei'old." 1 said, "to 
take me out into li,L;ht and air 7 "" 

I heard an exidamation of sui'prise as the door 
A\'as slanniied. and 1 thon^iit the\' hoth h.id ^-one : . 
l)ut the\' soon came hark- with a hmtern. This 
\\'as held up while l^'erold took a sui'xaw of me. 

" Ves. it "s the same \ ankce sp\- I saw down to 
Henderson's." he said. •• ^ on see he is a spy. else 
how did he know ni\ name'.'"" 

'•'I should like a deci-nt )-oom."" I said. "I 
should he just as seeiire. Mi'. l"'erold. in clean 
(piarters as in this pen. where you ha\e ke}tt iie^'i'o 
prisoners, evidently."" 

"See,"" he said to the other, "'he knows all altout 
this country."' 

That nin'ht I I'eviewed the circumst;inces inuka' 
which I liad heen captured in the enemy's country, 
httt could see no reason why any sn(di charge as 
that of hein^' a sj»y should lie l»roUL;ht a^aiirst me. 
I at least liad heen yuilty of no conduct exce[»t 
such as I was read}' to re[)eat if I ever i^ot tlie 
cliance. 

It was not until the next iiiornine- that any food 
was ^iN'cn nie, and that was a poor (piality of corn- 



TRIED AXn mXDEMNED. r,(»:3 

Lread, Avitli water. Vrt poor as it was I could 
have eaten more if I liad had it, my loiii;- fast had 
inspired such an ap})etite ; for in addition to a hmg 
fast I had hoth a Ijoy's and a sailor's ap[)etite I 

The man who had charge of me was called '' Jake," 
and I do not know that he had any other name ; 
to mv surprise he neither ahused nor insulted me. 
He let me severely alone, simpl}- doing what he 
had ti) do and saying wdiat he had to say, being- 
scant of ceremony in either act or manner. 

On the third (kiy of my incarceration I was taken 
from tlie jail and under guard was marched out 
into daylight. I knew not what it was for, l)ut 
I was glad once again to breathe clean air and see 
the light of the snn. T was not, howevei', prepared 
for the unnsual attention I received, and the ex- 
citement that my a[)pearance caused on the streets 
of the little town. 

A large, noisy, and excited crowd had gatliered 
there, reminding me of a gathering on the streets 
of my native Wichnor to see a circns come to 
town, only there was none of the good-nature of 
such a gatliering. 

Above the rattle of a drum and the shrill shriek- 
ing of a fife I could bear muttered cui'ses and 
exclamations of rage and hatred. Though I 
marched with stolid demeanor and a firm manner, 
with my face fairly to the front, I caught glimpses 
of the angry gestures of men, w^omen, and even 
children. The crowd bad evidently been drawn 



■".< »4 F. 1 77//;/.' . 1 (;. I /.VN y ,s-o.y. 

tlierc 1)y ihiikh's (so 1 iiil"cm'(l tVom tlio rciiuirks 
I licard ) of the (Mptillr of olic of the Valikrc van- 
dals tliat liail stolen the mail and the jiostmastcr's 
scr\'ants. and wlio had lu'cn s[)yinL;' aronnd lliu 
town ('\t'r since. 

•' I )anyeroiis-lookinL;- cnstoniei'."" said one. 

abolition tliitd'."" adde(l anotliei'. 

•• ( 'nni" down li\ar to steal onr in^u'ers and L;'ot 
tookeii liisself."" said another Aoiee. 

-A sneakiiiL;' \'ank'eel"" ejaenlated anothei' : 
'• woiidei' how he "11 like \\-e nns after he "s had 
\\\\\\{ he "11 L;it. 1 reckon."" 

''He ^\'on"t sta^■ Ioiil;' "iion^h."" facetionslv said 
another. "I i'e(d<on. to express an opiinon afti'r 
he ^its it."" 

"No,"" said a citizen \\ith a hoarse voice and a 
justice's stoniach. ''there'll l)e no law's delay: ;i 
(Irunihead conit-niartial and rojx'."" 

I'his remai'k ,L;ave nie for the lirst time the 
tlion!.;'lit that, in their rai^'e and (diaL;'ian at oni' dar- 
ing' atta(d<; on their town, they miyht execute me 
if they could lind any kind of pretext for it. 

The euri'ent of my thoughts was s[)eedily turned 
when, seated in a carriage, I saw Miss Dora Hen- 
derson and lier guardian. They looked earnestly 
toward me with tlie evident attempt to i(UMitify 
me with the Yankee ol'licer they had met under 
different ciretimstanees, and then ]\Iiss Dora bowed 
to me and smiled, as if to a friendly ae(ptaintanee. 

I lifted my hat in response, and at the same in- 



TRIED AND COKDEMXED. 305 

stant was prodded l)y one of tlie guard witli his 
bayonet. The sharp instrument liurt me, l»ut I 
felt willing to receive its duplicate for another nod 
and smile of I'ecognition. I was, however, liurried 
on. and saw no more of her or her guardian. The 
sunshine seemeil to pass, and clouds of sullen hate 
and rage supplant it ; and at the same time there 
came to my heart and mind a conflict of emotion 
like an angry storm beating tliere. Yet there was 
comfort in the thought that I had friends among 
my enemies. But the undercurrent of my reflec- 
tions was : 

'• Had I lived through so man}- dangers for this? 
Was I in \\\\ father's home to l)e treated with this 
indignity, without sympathy and Avithout any one 
to defend me ? '' 

Then I found myself passing through a wide 
doorway, and soon saw that I was at the court- 
house. 

I was conducted to a seat, and a man with a 
musket stationed on each side of me. 

'' What have they brought me here for ? "* I said 
to one of these men. 

" T' be tried, I reckon." 

" What for ? " 

No response was given to tliis inquiry. 

The members of the court Ijegan to take their 
seats ; eager, as it seemed, to dispose of me with 
pul)lic applause and popular ap})roval. I thought, 
as' I looked in their faces, that in them was ex- 



noc) FAriii:n acaixst snx. 

|)i'cssc(] tlic li'iist 111' ImiiKiii sympatliy T lia<l ever 
seen. 

Till.' jikIl;'!' ;i(lvncatr. wlio (as I at'tt.'vwanls 
IcanitMl ) li.iil liccii a lawyci' of a small }n_'ltilV)^-n'iiiL'; 
prai-licr. ai.d also a local jidlitii-iaii. roiKliictcij 
llic trial as if lie wciT a prc^fciiliuL;" atloiiifv in 
a criiiiiiial case, ami llirii 1 l)('L;aii to iiiiderstaiid 
m\" (lander. 

•■ W'liat is \(»iir name ami Imsiuoss '/ "" lir iii- 
(luircti. 

" Ilczclviali Jolnistoiic. sii': I am an eiisi^^'ii in 
(lie i'liilnl Slates na\\'. and \\;is one of the civw 
of ihf 'Spitlire" tliat lately paid you a visit." 

'Idiere was a murmiii' oi' inarticulate voices in 
the court, which I intei'prcteil as that of astonish- 
ment that I should dare to niak(.' such an admis- 
sion, and then the red-faced jud^e advocate 
L;-lowei'e(l at me as he exidainied tiercely : 

•• What did \'o" cum liyar hi', and what was y'r 
hvar hi" in disL;'uise '.' " 

"I was here at the conunaixl of my superior 
oflicer. to assist in destroying;- puhlic stores; to 
seize the mails or any other puhlic property or 
munitions of Avar. T suhmit that our acts were 
those of houorahle warhire. Idiere has l)een an 
insinuation thrown out that I was acting as a spy. 
I was accidentally left Indiind. and have thnu' my 
hest to elude the vigilance <if your peo[)le and es- 
cape : if that is spying, then T am a spy. If I am 
treated otherwise than as an houorahle [irisoner of 



TRIED AXD rOXDEMXED. 307 

war, 1 warn you that my sliipniates \\'ill avenge 
such acts." 

The judn'c a(lv()cate liad lieen growiny red in 
liis face, and now ejacuhited with great temper: 

'• Wc "11 show y' what we "11 do, sar ! Sit down ! " 

I did so, feeling that no mercy would he shown 
to me l)y that court. 

After that witnesses were called. ( )ne of these 
testified that he liad, as he said, seen me steal the 
mail at the post-office; tliat lie knew me to he the 
same [»crson who had stolen the postmaster's ser- 
vants, and who had insulted the wife of that official. 

The young colonel who ea[)tured me gave 
testimony that when I was hrought to liim my 
coat was on wrong side out, hut also added that 
lie would not call this a disguise. Then the sol- 
diers ^^ho had captured me gave their testimony 
in reference to tlie faets which the reader already 
knows. 

Thus far the incident of the rescue of ^liss Hen- 
derson had not been alluded to, and I was glad it 
had not heen, as I felt assured that the so-called 
court had adjudged me guilty 1)efore taking up 
my case ; that it w^as convened to condemn, and 
not to acquit. 

When I thought from appearances that the evi- 
dence was all in, there came from the rear of the 
court-room a note to the judge advocate. 

" Ah ! " he ejaculated with satisfaction ; '' more 
evidence. Another witness, gentlemen ; one of 



308 FATHi'.R Aa.irxsr snx. 

our most ri'Sjicctctl citi/riis. I lonoiMldc Mr. TTcii- 
(li'l'soli will take the slniid. 

'riicix' was a Imstlc as tlir old i^'ciitltMinm (wlio 
lias alri'adx' lit'cii in t I'odiu-i'd to Ihc reader) eaiiie 
slowh' t'orwai'd. eoiii1eoir-<l\- l)owiii;j riui'lit ami lett 
to Ills liei'_;'lil)iil's : as he rea 'IkmI me he liowecl :iiid 
extended his hand, and in the most courleoiis 
manner said to the jndu'e : 

" iCxeiise me. l)iit I am under peeuliar olili^a- 
tions to this \'onn^' ^'eiitleman. He rescued my 
ward from a most jierilous position, ami she is 
\-er\- Ljratel'id. 1 assure }'ou, and so am I. 'i'here 
are otliei' reasons *" — 

•• W'e ale informed li\- l.ieuteuan.t l'^■rold that 
lie stole a l»oat helon^iiiL;- to you," interrupted the 
jud^'e, with hein'htened color. 

•'Ah, yes; the l)oat I I have not complained of 
its loss, sar: whv should any one (dse '/ 

The jud^'e ath'ocate had l»y this timo h>st liis 
temper, and the other members of the court 
frowned and moved nervously in their seats, and 
one of them, with a Ioul;'. sharp face, said: 

•'1 [)rotest that this is not a court of compli- 
ments, 1»ut a court of war to try a Yankee spy for 
his life." 

"I beg" vour par»h>n. gentlemen," said Mr. Hen- 
derson, looking at the s[»eaker with cool contempt. 
''In all deference to the person who has just 
spoken, and to the court. I say all })laces admit of 
the exchange of courtesies l>etween gentlemen, and 



TRIED ANT) C0XI>EMXI:D. 300 

I have not to leai'ii the correct manners due to [)olite 
society and among gentlemen — if that person has." 

After testifying to the occurrences that have heen 
elsewhere narrated, he was asked by the judge : 

'' Do you mean t(^ sav that you loaned your hoat 
to a Yankee who was trying to escape ? "' 

^Ir. Henderson stared at the speaker, with cdoI 
contempt expressed in his manner, and replied in 
his cool, level, unexcited voice : 

'' I mean that I have no charge against tliis 
man for taking the l)oat : and I do not know that 
any one has a right to say he stole it.'* 

" Thanks I '" I ejaculated, for his generous \\'ords 
had saved my self-respect. 

After giving his testimony the old gentleman 
sat down, twirled his eye-glasses in his fingers, and 
looked at the court with the assurance of one who 
was accustomed to exact respect from all. 

Then the court was cleared and its members put 
their heads together in consultation. 

The judge cleared his tlu'oat and said : 

" This court finds you guilty of all the specifi- 
cations and charges. It has been proven that you 
stole our negroes, insulted our women and stole 
our mail, and committed other depredations un- 
known to the license of war. You were finally 
found in disguise within our lines, posted in the 
names and private affairs of our people. You 
have been found guilty of trying to incite servile 
insurrection and of being a spy." 



310 



FATllEU AdAINST SON. 



Mr. I lt'ii(lcrs(iii had iiiranwliilc k'l't tlic i-ouit with- 
out cwn 1( Hiking' at inc. 

I was t('ri'il»l\- IVi^iitciKM] and shaken liy this 
verdirt. th(niL;li I tried not tn 'X^\(-' tliosc' present 
tlir satisi'actioii dl' seeing;' it. 'V\n' iii('inl»c'rs oiicf 
iimrc ('•(iiisiiltfd tdLicthfr. after which I was 
iiiarclitMl out of the room and down the street, 
hee[>inL;' ste[) in as lirni and nidlineliinj^' a manner 
as ])ossil)k'. 

Theve was a tunntlt of \diees, and an answeiing 
tumidt in m\ own heart and liraiii. 

If tliere was one feeling- (h'eper tlian that of 
indi^'nation. it was the (h'termination that my 
enemies should not see any fi'ar or weakness in 
my marniei', liowever nuicli I miglit feel, and that 
if I nuist die I would die as heeame an ot'lieer in 
the service of his cuuniry. 

In a momerd more I A\-as inside of the jail, with 
feelings which 1 shall not attempt to describe. 



ENEMIES, YET EILIEXDS. yil 



CHAPTER XXVI. 

ENEMIES, YET FRIENDS. 

When alone once more in mj- prison quarters, 
all the firmness and stoicism with which I had 
outwardly encrusted myself dissolved before the 
thought of my impending chjom. I had no friends 
on whom I could call for help in my extreme need, 
and I had little hope that anything could l^e done 
for me if I had had such friends. I had seen 
enough of war to know that there was little 
mercy in it. I understood the angry resentment 
aroused by depredations committed during the raid. 
I also understood that it was not so much what I 
had done as it was to prevent similar incursions 
into their country, and what they were pleased to 
call Yankee vandalism, — that I was simply the 
scapegoat ; a sort of target on which to score their 
sense of outrage. 

I did not sleep nuich during the long night that 
followed, but went over again and again, in a 
nervous and sinking spirit, the events of the few 
preceding days, and those of the court which had 
so unjustly accused and condemned me. I was 
young and loved life, and did not then appreciate 
the fact that life is at best but short. Let me not 



312 FATHER AOAIXST SOy. 

conceal the fact tliat iiiv mind was so l)ecloiuled 
Avitli L;looni that 1 was indi^-nant, ahnost to hatred, 
at my <lear tatlu'i' for i(h'iitifvinL;' himself with such 
a cause, and for l)einn' one of sueli a [ieo}>le. 

J had heeii lauglil to prav !)\ l)oth my fatlu'r and 
]nother. l)Ut during' llie moiitlis I liad l)een at sea 
ainoni;' roUL;ii sailors I liad neL;ieete<l to ask (iod 
for His protection and care. I [> to tliis time since 
niv eajiture I had Ix'cn more [iroud than fearless; 
for I was afraid of Ix-inL;' thoULi'hl cowardly. 

.\s the houi's of the nii;ht draL:',L;t'd on I thought 
of all this, as I rolled and twisted in nervous a^'ony 
on m\' [)0or hed. lint now ha\iiiL;' given u}) all 
hope of human succor, I prayed, as I had never 
prayed before, h)r (iod"s hel[) and sustaining power, 
that I might he able to Ijcar my burdens like a 
Christian, a sailor, and a man. 

After long travail, and when Ijroken in spirit, 
1 had surrendered myself to Ilim: when I asked 
no longer for earthly, but for spiritual deliverance, 
there came to me such an illumination of soul and 
softening of my pride and resentment, even tow- 
ards my enemies, that 1 prayed that they nnght 
be forgiven. Then there fell on me such a reaction 
of })eace and joy as 1 had never l)efore experienced. 
The burden of agony and gloom that had rested 
on my mind rolled from me as if it were some- 
thing material. The terrors of death no longer 
o[)[)ressed me, and I shortly fell into a long and 
dreandess sleep. 



ENEMIES, YET FRIENDS. 31 o 

When at last T awoko 1 Mas cheerful, and looked 
without fear at the future. 

In a few moments aftei- waking, Jake came in 
and looked at me curiously as I smilingly greeted 
him, saying: "Youngster, y* Avar sleeping powerful 
this mornin" when I fust come in yere ; }■' looked 
so comfortable an' kin o' peaceful that I would n"t 
wake y' I It seemed to me that y* did n't realize." 

"• Thank you, Jake," I said. '• I realize that I 
have been condenmed as a spy, and that I cannot 
expect any mercy. But I am innocent ; and if I 
die it is for my country. I have forgiven my ene- 
mies." 

"I reckon they won't forgive )jou much, Yank. 
But say, Squar Henderson has bin hyar this 
morning, t' know "f thar was anythin' he c"d do, 
an' then I told him yo' war in this nigger hole an' 
he jist looked mad, an' I 've got orders t' move yo' 
to a better place. I think he must hev tore 
'round some. Come, git out o* hyar I " 

The room to which I was conducted was a 
square, large room with two grated windows facing 
the west. It had a comfortable bed in one corner, 
two chairs, and a table. I did not care so much 
for the latter as for the air and light. Jake aston- 
ished me further by bringing me a breakfast of 
ham, eggs, and coffee. 

" The squar wants y' to be well fed, y' see," 
said Jake ; " told me t' git y' what y' needed an' 
he 'd settle th' bill." 



ol-4 FATHER A(;AL\ST SOX. 

'' liiit," T said, "T can't accept such favors: lici'c- 
aftcr hriii^' inc tlic piisoii fare : tliat "s l)L'ttci' than 
to l)c ill debt. Here "s a i^'reenhaclv for the break- 
fast,"' foi' I liad coiiceahMl this money liefoi'e l)eing 
searched, "and if you \\\\\ L;-et nie some jteiis, ink, 
[)a})er, and en\'elopes you can take })ay tVu' it out 
of the \'." 

WHieii tlie writiuL;- materials came I hi'st A\'i'ote a 
h'tter of L;'i'ateful tlianks to Mr. Ih'iiih'rson. 1 said 
tliat wliile I could not accept [lecuniai'v help I 
should h'cl under ^reat ol)l illations to liini if he 
^\'ould L;'ct sonu' letters to my friends, especiallv 
those addressed to my hither and mother. 

I then ^\•l■ote letters to them and Phil, and ti» 
m\ captain : all of \\'hi(di .lake said he would give 
to Mr. Ilenderson. All tlii'se I left open, as is 
the custom in an enemy's country when sending 
Icttci's under tlag of truce: while the one to hither 
was left Tinsealeil that it miyht not compromise 
him, and hecause I had nothing to conceal. 

1 was informe(l that I was to he executed the 
following week, and T thought this delay in exeeu- 
tioji of the sentence was owing to the inter[)osition 
of Mr. Ilenderson, as it eouhl not [lossihlv he out 
of any I'egard these }>eo[tle had for me. 

During the following days my heart was lighter 
than it had l)een, though I vet had seasons of de- 
pression and gloom. j)uring these days my time 
was spent reading from a little Testament which 
was a gift from father. In it he had marked pas- 



ENE^riES. YET FRIENDS. ill-") 

sages, and in some plaees liad made marginal com- 
ments ; they were so like my father's ntterances 
that at times it seemed that I conld almost feel his 
presence Avhen T read them, and they were a great 
comfort to me. 

At last Jake informed me that the Richmond 
authorities had a[)proved of the findings of the 
court-martial, and that a day had been set for my 
execution. It was to take place on the following 
Saturday. 

It was a relief to know the worst. Suspense is 
harder to hear than the worst certainty. Knowing 
the woi-st, I began preparing myself for tlie great 
change. I prayed for strength to bear all the 
agony of my ignominious death. 

On the morning of that dread day I had got from 
my knees and was sitting at my table with the 
little Testament in my hand, thinking of nij home, 
when I heard (or did I l)ut seem to hear?) my 
father's voice speaking as if to an inner sense, sa}-- 
ing : " ]\Iy dear son, your father loves you — do 
not doubt it I I am coming." 

I started up and looked around my room, ex- 
pecting to see him. There was no one there but 
mj'self, and all was silent. ]My imagination had 
played me a trick. 

I sat awhile thinking it over, when a dread 
sound that was no trick of imagination came 
to my ear ; it was the tramp of armed men Avho 
came to conduct me to the i^lace of m\' death. 



810 FATHKIl AGAINST SOX. 

Tlir\' halted licl'oiv my [irisdii door. I hoard the 
coiiiiiiaiid "Hall I" then tlic jaii^le of Jake's keys. 
] rose I'loiii tlie talih'. alid as the door »)}ieiie(l said, 
\\ith a strange eahiiuess, ■• C'«)iiie in. I am ready I 

As 1 marehed. kee})iiiL;- ste]) with my guai'ik it 
was without aii\ outwai'd signs of fear or iier- 
xousness, for I was (h'termiiied that tliey shoidd 
see liow' hravely a liiiou .sailor eoiild die for his 
eonntry. 

It was as l)i'antiful a morning as ever (kiwned on 
this lovelv Southern land. 1 looked at the faces 
1 [lassei], and ]iote(l ijie hate and satisfaction pict- 
ured tln're. In my heart there was a dee}) (piiet 
or stoicism. It was m\' last da\' tuider (-iod's sun- 
shine (as 1 then liiaiily lu'lie\ed), and yet J could 
not realize it. The measni'cd f/'dit/jK tramps of the 
cadenced step of my guard hlended with thi' roar 
of \-oices and the clamor of hateful exclamations 
as I neared the dreaded structure erected for my 
execution. 

We were halted, and I looked u}» at it with 
umpdvering nerve. I said to myself. "It is part 
(tf mv tight in this war to show these enemies of 
mv country that there are men who can die for 
it l)ravely."' 

My hands were tied, and as I stood, with set. 
resolute face and tii'm nerves, there came to my ear 
a sound like the (damor of many voices roliing 
nearer, and nearer, and nearer. 1 had commended 



ENEMIES, YET FRIENDS. 317 

iiiv 8()ul to ITis ineiTV, and said '■'• Now,"' a>s a signal 
of my readiness, when there burst through the 
crowd around the gaUows a man on horseback, 
covered with llccks of foam and gray with road 
dust; he reined up, said something I did not 
understand, and handed a paper to the othcer of 
my guard. 

Then my hands were unbound, the order was 
given to tlie guard, — '' Shoulder arms, forward, 
march I" — and once more I was conducted to the 
street, with the word '' lieprieved I Reprieved I " 
ringing out on every side. 

Then, and not until then, curious as it ma}' 
seem, my limljs trendjled, and my heart throbbed 
almost to choking, and I should have fallen to the 
ground had I not been mercifully held up by my 
guards. 

Once more I was in the jail, and then learned 
from Jake the circumstances of my reprieve. 

"• Squar Henderson has been t' Riclimond 'bout 
your business," said Jake, " and has got it put off, I 
reckon. But I say, it war a right close shave, 
youngster, but th' all saj- y' showed a powerful lot 
of grit if y" are a Yank, an' it 's talked a right lot, 
'roun' yere, that y' 've got Southern blood in ye." 

I reflected that while there were grounds for 
hope, as there were evidently some strong influences 
at work in my behalf, still there was hardly a 
hope that the verdict of the court-martial would 
be set aside for a Yankee "nigger-stealer,"' for it 



818 FATHER AdAlXST SOX. 

seemed to me tliat this criinc was there eousidered 
the greatest a man (■(juld ediiiinit. 

I think tlie days that t'iilli)\ved mv i'e[)i'ieve were 
liarder tn hear tluiii tliose that preeeded tlie time 
set i'ttr my execution. 

^lattei's of life and (h'atli in tlie ( 'oiifeth.M'aev 
move(l (|niekl\' in those times. I now hoped t(» 
hear from my fatlier. if not from iii\- moilier and 
l*hil, liefore the time hir mv execution arri\'ed. 

I was (|uile ner\'ous h»i' one of m\' stolid tem- 
peramenl, and I fear that I hored -lake xcrv nuu/h 
ahout so small a matter as my I'ate. Duihig this 
time I wrote out a cireumstaiuial account of our 
raid into Secessionx'ille, especially contradicting the 
ehai'ges that I was acting as a spy, also that I had 
in any way insulted the wife of the postmaster. 
This account 1 intended for my father. 

While intently alisorhe<l in its composition late 
one afternoon, I had pause(l in the occupation and 
laid my head on my arm, when once mori' 1 heard 
my father's voice saying. "'Good news, my hrave 
hoy ! (rood news I "' 

The voice was so distinct and so unmistakahlv 
that of my father that, startle(h 1 hxdced u[), ex}iect- 
ing to see him standing l)efore me. I>ut there was 
no one tliere. It was another delusion. When 
Jake eame in I in([uired if any one had heen near 
my room and he answered in the negative, anl 
further said that I was the oidy prisoner in tlie huild- 
inij', the others having- heen given their lihertv on 



EXEMIHS. VET ERIENDS. olO 

condition that they wonld enlist in tlie Sonthein 
army. 

I tell this incident as it oecuned, and do not 
attempt to explain it. 

One afternoon not long afterwards I broke the 
seal of a letter in a handwriting which I knew to 
be my fatlier's. It was an affectionate letter in 
which occnrred the very words I had heard. My 
father afterwards told me that he liad nttered this 
sentence alond as he wrote it. The letter itself 
was so like him, so unconstrained, that it almost 
seemed to bring me face to face with him. In it he 
explained that Mr. Henderson, having ascertaiiied 
by my letter to him that he was in Richmond, had 
been there to see him and get a suspension of the 
sentence. 

On the afternoon following the reception of this 
letter I was reading once more from my Testament. 
It was the only book I had to read, and I had found 
therein so much comfort that I had learned to love 
its promises, and understand them better than ever 
before. I was absorbed in reflection on what I had 
read, and I was so oblivious to my surroundings 
that it was as if I Avere in some other world ; then 
I heard once more, distinctly uttered by my father's 
voice, " My dear, dear son ! " Fearing to break 
the spell I did not move, when strong arms en- 
circled me, and I found it was no delusion now, 
but that my own dear father was with me in reality ; 
brown, thin, and careworn, Avith stern lines deeply 



'.\'l{) lA'i'inai AdAiNST soy. 

Avritteii nil liis face. Imt still liis own dear self, 
tlirilliiis4' me a\ itli his jireseiice and liis earnest love. 
(xod liless liiiii now and forever, in the great here- 
after in \\'hieli he awaits iiic I After all these years 
I seem to see his tender look of lo\'e. a love that 
knew no sejiaration of time, space, or eonntry. 

The past was all explaiiKMl. lie told nie that he 
had Iteeii detaine(l at his home, when he had 
ex}»eeted to join us at the North. 1)\' llic sickness 
of his father: that he had written letters at that 
time which he had learned only of late had heen 
intercepted hy jealous partisans of the Post-office 
Department. 

That \vvy afternoon T was given my lil)erty l)y 
signing a paretic of honor, and this A\as written liy 
the verv official who had acted as judge advocate 
in the coiu't that had condemned me to death. He 
was verv wordy and o1>se(}uious to my father. 

.\s we went out fatlier said : " It is such l)ond)- 
proofs as that man. who think to distinguisli them- 
selves without danger, that hring reproach to the 
brave men of our cause."' 

There were two horses at the door, and Andrew 
liimself gave me a hroad smile of greeting as I 
[lassed out under the l)lue dome bright with God's 
own sunsliine. 

'' We missed Andy at Wichnor," I said, '' Init 
we knew he Avould come to you if he could."' 

"•Yes," said fathei'. ''Andy is no fair-weather 
friend ; he goes wdiere I go." 



ENEMIES. YET FRIENDS. 321 

We rode dcwn the street which I had so hitely 
trod as a eondeiiined man, and riding along- the 
river road halted at the very veranda u[)on which 
I had carried the drip^iing form of Miss Henderson. 

" Our home is some twenty miles away," said 
father, '• and these friends of mine have invited us 
to be their guests." 

I was about to explain that I had Ijeen there 
under different circumstances, but father smiled 
and said, '' I have been told all about it. Hez, and 
you will want to pay your respects to these good 
people, I knoAv.'' 

I was ushered into the house, was introduced 
foimally to ^Ir. and Miss Henderson, and, singular 
to relate, I was less self-possessed during this inter- 
view than I was on my first visit there. 

'* I am sorry," said ]Mr. Henderson, " that you 
have suffered so much at the hands of our people." 

"That's the nature of war," I responded, "and 
possibly 3'our people may think they have suffered 
somewhat at my hands ; but there is no mistake, I 
owe you a debt of gratitude that I cannot easily 
pay, and that I cannot express in words." 

I was presented to ^Sliss Dora Henderson by my 
father ; she was very kind in her manner towards 
me. 

" I can understand your gallant conduct, now 
that I know who your father is," she said, looking 
up into my face ; " you have Southern blood in 
your veins, and maw gracious ! how can a Southern 



o22 FATIIKR A<;AIXSr SON. 

gentlciuaii li('l[t l)t'in^' brave, L'sp(_^ei;illy when liis 
father is one of tlu- bravest in our eonnlrv 'Z "" 

^ \ cs,"" s;ii(l fatlicr in baiitcriiiL;' tniu's. ••and niy 
gallantry was so niisundcistiKMl at oiif time that 
the gossips woiihl lia\f i! that I was about to inarr\' 
Miss hora here: ami tlimi more serioush- in a re- 
mar!: lo Miss Henderson added: ••d'liere is not 
nnudi differeiUH' at lu-art between Southern and 
Northern men: t]ie\' are both brave, but in a dif- 
ferent way: tlie Xortliern gentleman is less exeit- 
abh' and sentimental, liut is more eiiditi'ing. and mv 
son. I beliexe. has the good eliaraeteristies of both."* 

•• ( )h. "" exelaime(l Miss 1 )ora impetuoush'. *• there 
are none so l)ra\'e as our dear Southern heroes I "" 
and she gave father such an admiring look that I 
felt small ami chagrined when she continued: 
•'Wh.ii a hind man our [)resident is I Who but 
he w'ould have liberated a Yankee incendiary like 
your son '! " 

'•Miss Dora is grateful for yotir gallant conduct," 
interrupted Mr. Henderson, •• if she is just a little 
provoking."" 

''Maw gracious I "" exclaimed the young la<ly. 
••Why doiTt you say we stt^)od by him (is n"t that 
sailor talk'/), and would stay by him again if they 
hanged us, like real Southern hearts? "' and there 
Avas a mist in her eyes as she added, " .Vnd I was 
grateftd to you, and would have shown it in the 
same way, even if you'd been a real Yankee."" 

"1 beg pardon for saying,"" I replied, " that I am 



ENEMIES, YET FRIENDS. 823 

a .staunch Union man. jnst as father is a, staniidi 
believer in the cause of the South; and I l)elieve 
we respect each other's lionest convictions, tliough 
we do not understand v.hy others can see questions 
from a different standpoint than ourselves." 

''It is unprofitable to discuss these differences 
between friends — I could n't even respect my 
dear l)oy if I knew he was fighting against his 
convictions, an}- more than I could forgive myself. 
The Northern and Southern men have honest dif- 
ferences, and are fighting it out like men. I be- 
lieve too, for one, it is more healthy to let out bad 
blood than to stir it up." 

'' What was it about Jeff Davis ? " I said, to turn 
the conversation in a new channel. 

'' ]Mr. Davis," said father, with emphasis on the 
Mister, '' God bless him I granted me an interview, 
and I presented a letter from my general commend- 
ing me to him. They may say ^vllat they have a mind 
to, but ]Mr. Davis has a warm heart under that 
crust of ice ; for, when I told him my story, a tear 
ran down his nose as naturally as if the ice had 
melted — and when he understood he couldn't do 
enough for me ; said he 'd arrange to have you 
especially paroled or exchanged, and gave me this 
order to which you are indebted for your present 
liberty. Northern people misunderstand him : he 
is a Southern gentleman, and has all their faults 
and virtues. I shall carry this order to my grave 
on my breast." 



■j'24: FATiiiin A<iAixs'r soy. 

I luul soiiu' clianuiiiL;' talks Avitli ATiss Dora, and 
found her very lovely in lit'r manner, as well as in 
her person, and that in a way nuieli different from 
our Xorthei'ii girls. There wassueh a fraidc sweet- 
ness, Idended willia heetorin^', teasino- manner, that 
it made her [irovokin^iy eharming. 

\Vhile I could lint re[)r(»ve her seeession senti- 
ments, we did not let that Sjioil our friendliness. 

The next day fathei' and I rode to the -lolmstouii 
estate, and he sIiowcmI me manv places I ha<l heai'd 
liim s[)eak of, and amon^' them the place where he 
and his hi'other had lirst met Andy in the swamp. 

'' I should like to see I'nele Ii(.ihert." T said: to 
which father replied, " Perhaps 3'ou will if lie is 
alive: there are stran^'e eneounters in this world, 
and it is so nari'ow that your tracks ma\' cross." 

A few days after this I went to Kiehmond with 
father, and, after a day's waitiuL^', I took leave of 
him at Aiken's l^anding, Ijelow that city, where I 
embarkiMl on a tlag'-of-truee l)oat. and was glad 
once more to he under the })roteeting- shelter of the 
flag that I loved all the more l)ecause 1 had suffered 
for it among' enemies and friends. 



AT PL YM our II. 32;j 



CHAPTER XXVII. 



AT ply:mouth. 



Ox arriving within our lines I Avas sent to the 
parole camp at Annapolis, where I at once tele- 
graphed to mother of my arrival. 

A paroled prisoner is still a prisoner held in trust 
for the enemy until declared exchanged with the 
consent of both parties. In the parole camp there 
was neither occupation nor excitement to keep me 
from the dreary task of self-analysis and repining. 
I was therefore but little less rejoiced at my libera- 
tion therefrom than I had been to get into the 
Union lines. 

I was declared exchanged on the twentieth of 
August, but it was December before I reported to 
the '' Spitfire " for duty. Here I was heartily 
congratulated on ni}- escape from death and my 
arrival within our lines. '' You had a close call," 
said my young commander, when at his request I 
had narrated to him my experiences in the enemy's 
country. 

"■ Yes, sir," I replied, " there was a time when I 
did not expect to be here again." 

" You could n't expect they would be over-pleased 
at the visit we paid them, and as they could n't get 



32() FATHER AGAINST SON. 

]i()l<l of all (tf us, tlii'V uiado it rxciting' for you. 
I learned. ]iowe\-er. lliat you were trie<l for a spy, 
and for iiieitiu^- servile insurrection, and I was pre- 
paring to make another raid uji the ri^'er. If they 
liad lianged ^du I "d have hanged some of their 
prominent citizens : I sent a letter to them under 
ilag of ti'Uee, to that effect." 

•'Thanks, lieutenant," I said, '-hut T can't see 
that hanging a reh would liaxc mended m\' neck.*' 

•■ Von are hard to please." said the lieutenant, 
with a lift to his e\-cl)ro\\'s. '■ It would he a satis- 
faction to me, li\dng or dead, to get e\en with lUi 
enemy." 

Some of my shipmates even ex[)ressed a Avisli 
that they had keen in my [)laee, and I ol)liging-ly 
said that I \\'ould willingly have exchanged jjlaees 
AA'itli them. Wlu'U, howe\er, I rememkered the 
hiee of Miss Dora, I doul)ted if I had keen en- 
tii'ely i-andid with them. 

IMiil was overjoyed to see me safe once more, 
and I kelie\e tlie dear fellow liad readly grcnvn 
tliin in kis worrv o\cr my (k'^tention ky tlie enemy. 
1 A\'as almost startled ky a resend)lanee, as I fancied, 
or an expression in kis face, tkatwas like my father. 
When I said as much to Pkik ke replied: "Oh, 
nonsense, Ilez ! Wv and Iw you "11 ke wanting to 
claim relati()nski[) witk tke aristocratic rJurleys." 

"No," 1 said, kuigking, '"I am not anxious, 
and perka[)s il is a trick of my imagination instead 
of any real resend)lanee, and I eould n't think 



.17- PLYMUlJTH. 327 

more of yon, Phil, if you were a dozen times my 
brother." 

"See here,"' said Phil; "it's getting to be 
fashioiia1)lc to have Southern relatives, and I "11 
have to scrape acquaintance with the rebs and see 
if they ever hanged any of the Gurleys, or have 
had any other connections (by rope or otherwise) 
with our tribe." 

" 1 would n't joke about such connections by 
rope, Phil : it may turn out that you '11 get some- 
thing more than a running acquaintance with the 
rebs. I found a pleasant side to them, ]jut it 
was n't while I was threatened with an intimate 
acquaintance with their methods of dealing with 
an enemy — ugh I " 

And the remembrance of the time I stood under 
a gallows sent an unpleasant shiver down niy back. 

Lieutenant Bell had been given leave of absence 
to visit New York on business of a confidential 
character counected with the navy ; and I did not 
see him again until several montlLS later, when I 
saw him under dramatic conditions, an account of 
which will be narrated in its proper place. 

In January Phil and I were ordered to report to 
Lieutenant-commander Flusher for duty, and were 
much excited at the prospect of a change, as sailors 
usually are at anything that is likely to break the 
monotony of routine on shipboard. 

The steamer to winch Ave were transferred 
was, to our chagrin, the " Southfield," then lyiug 



328 FA Til Ell At.AlXSr SOX. 

()p|Hisit(' tlic town of PlyiuoiUli. al)ont ten miles up 
llif Koaiiolvc Ki\rr. 'I'lu- •• Soiitlilirld "" was com- 
iiiaiiili'(| li\- a ^dllllltt:■t■l■ liiMitciiaiit. and it ratistnl 
soiiictliiii;.;' of a fall to my rxprctatioijs to discover 
tliat slic \\'as iicitliiT more nor less than an old ferry- 
l)oat tittcil up witli })ivot yuns and the armament 
of a L^iudioat. Anotlicr ^'unlxiat. tlie "Miami,"" 
;i sidc'-wlieel steamer, was anchored alongside the 
'* Southlield '" in the ri\"er. with tlie town on one side 
and an almost impenetrahle swamp on the other. 
Pxilli \'essels Were under the command of ('om- 
mandei' 1-dusher, as line and as ])rave an ollleer as 
there A\"as in tlie ser\ice. lie ^\'as afterwards killed 
in an attack of the enem\- on the town, in the de- 
fence of which we partici[)ated. 

This little Southern town \\'as at that time in 
an almost ]'uine(l condition. The enemy and ottr 
own troops liad made attempts to hurn it. and 
(here I'eniainefl only tw(.) (_)r three Ijrick huildinys 
used as stores, a church, a few residences and frame 
ImildiiiLi's used for Union hospitals, eommissary 
de[iots. and onicers" (puirters. Besides these there 
was a medley of low huts made of loys and ehinked 
with nunl : or with roofs and sides made of split 
staves. These hitildings were used as quarters for 
the "raft"" of fugitive negroes that came down the 
liver in search of freedom f I'om work ; what they 
got \\'as — short rations and hard times I 

The town was ganisoued Iw Wesselhs Inigade of 
altout eighteen hundred men, whose tents whitened 



AT PLYMnrrii. 329 

a!i(l enlivened tlie tdwii from up the riverat Wai'ven 
Xeek, or Fort Tlrey, to its outskirts on the sonth, 
where were two re(h)ul)ts, and to the east heyond 
Fort Williams at the eentre of the town. These 
forts were t'onneeted \^\ earth-Avorks, with the 
exeeption of I'ort Grey, which was aecessil)le only 
hy a log i'oot-hridge through a SAvani}). or hy Ijoat 
on the river. 

Among the troops were one Connecticut regi- 
ment and two companies of native North Caro- 
linians, also artillery from ^Massachusetts, and 
infantry from several other States. 

We did not get much liherty on shore, as tliat 
privilege was almost exclusively claimed hy our 
superiors. 

The Connecticut regiment, we had ascertained, 
was the one in whicli our friend Jim I)isl)ee was a 
corporal. We had asked for a day on shore, as we 
were desirous of seeing liini and several other 
Wichnor men helonging to the — th. 

It was some time, however, before Phil and I 
got a day for this purpose. We found Jim in a 
little stockaded "• A '' tent all alone in his glory, 
his tent-mates being on o-uard or engaged in other 
duties, 

" Wal," said Jim, shaking hands at arms' length 
in order the better to admire our bright uniforms, 
"wal, this is somethin' t' brag abaout ; 't ain't 
every day y' see a man that's 'scaped from tli' 
halter , as y' might say. Y' see, I read all abaout 



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it ill tir ni'\vs[»a[n'rs. an" I nulit_'r tliink y" "ve [^ot 
t'lioii^'li l' tell oil l" last y" a lil'ctinie." 

Jim was vL'vy [)c'rsisteiit in liaviiiQ" lue tell my 
cxprririicc. and was SL't'iiiiiiL;ly liuiiL;'ry lor all the 
details, esjiccialh' \\'liere. as he termed it. '"the 
(dose sha\"e of iirar onto heiiiL;' Iiuiil;' eome in."" 

•' W^al." said .lim. after interspi'isiiiL;' my story 
with iiiaiiN' exrlamatioiis. •• v"r father 1 always said 
was a L;i»od man : if tlie\' "d all hen like him d(jwn 
tliar there wdiild n"t hen no wai', and I eaii under- 
stand wh\' a Southern man can't liiul it in his L;'izzard 
t" ti^ht a^iii his Slate. IJiit y"r hil her "s that kind o" 
man that if he thinks a thiiiL;' 's ih^ht from his stand- 
[)iiit he can see it from another ma n's. Now. there "s 
your L;'raiither : he never eould understand how 
any one eould see thiiin's diff'ent from what he 
did. lie l»oUL;lit some tin stuff from me. an" one 
of the pans leaked like a riddle. Wak I liad tlie 
all-liredest time y" ever did see trvin" t" make liim 
see "t wa"n"t my fault, hut T eould n"t : he wanted a 
uew milk-[>an : snum if he didn"t! I told him tin 
pans ware n't infallihle more "n eaows. IK- said I 
was a eheat. dumnuMl if he did n"t I an" him an" me 
irionged t" the same ehureh. an" in yood stan"iii\ 
tu, I swow ! "" 

'• But what did cows have to de» with it, Jim?" 
asked Thil. 

•• Why."" said Jim, with a grin. " v" see one time 
th" s([uire sold a caow t" m\' ole man. an" that ole 
eaow up an" died "h)re th" next milkin" : I vaow if 



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slie didn't! Father ho goes t' th' squire, an' says 
lie, 'I want my money l)aek, squire ; th' eaow is 
dead; 

'' " Wal," said tli" squire, ' eows ain't infallible,' 
an' that's all tli' satisfaction father could git; 
plague if it wa'n't I " 

Phil and I had a good laugh, and Jim contin- 
ued: "'Y'r granther would n"t own up any way "f 
lookin' at a thing was right but his own. Say, did 
y' ever hearn tell *l)aout his buying eggs o" that 
there Jot Williams, time I was referee? Didn't? 
Wal, I '11 tell y'," said Jim, picking his teeth with 
a long straw as lie turned his face reflectively down- 
Avard. "Jot Williams druv daown to Wichnor 
with a lot 'f eggs f'r sale — he lived on th' Jinks 
place aout there. Y'r granther kep' a store in them 
days daown on Central ^^•harf, and Jot was one of 
his customers, an' a good one tu, I guess. Wal, 
Jot he come in one day with a lot o' eggs, an' 
walked int' 3''r granther's store, an' sez he, ' I 'd 
like t' sell y' seventeen dozen o' fresh eggs, 
square.' 

" ' I don't want no eggs,' said y'r granther 
cross 's a settin' bin, ' an' won't hev 'em at any 
price, nuther.' 

" Jot Williams jes' sot down an' cleared his 
throat in a kind of a delil)'rate way, an' thumpin' 
th' floor with th' butt eend 'f his whip said, ' Yis, 
if du want these e(jgs, tu^ Mr. Perkins, an' ef y" don't 
buy 'em I won't neA'er come intu y'r store agin, 



332 FA mint AOAiysT son. 

ail* y' know T Luy a lot o" q-oods, tu.' Yer granther 
})iille(l ill his horns an" said, 'Jot, I don't want t' 
lose a good customer an' fren*. an" I won't go back 
on \\'liat I '\c s(Mk nnther: wliat sliall ^\•t' dn 'liaout 
it'/" an' jis' then I wallvr(l intn that sl(»iv. 

■••Here's ncigliltor Janifs liisliee, lie s a pootv 
fair man." said Jot, • an' we'll leave it aout tu 
him." 

'• • "(irectl." said the s(jnare. 

"So they tohl me the ease, an" T sot in jedg- 
mint on them eggs and hatched aout just as good 
a d'cision "s could he, I snum I 

'• • Wal." I said, •y" say. S(|uare Perkins, that y' 
won't he\' them eggs at no })riee ? " 

•• 'I'll' S(|Uare said " Yis.' 

'•'An" you say "f he don't l)uy 'cm. that you 
won't never come t' this shop agin 's long 's y' 
live ? ' 

" Jot said, ' That 's what I said, an' I '11 stand tu 
it." 

" Wal, I sot an* delih'rated, an' tin'lly said : 'It's 
a hunily ease t' deal -with, neighhors, 1)Ut here "s 
my d'cision: S(|uare. you've g(»t t' pay for tliem 
eggs, an' at a good market price, an' as y" say y" 
won't hev 'em at any price, the court '11 take them 
eggs f'r its fee.' 

" Wal, yer granther was kinder grouty over that 
d'cision o' mine, but Jot Williams made him stan' 
tu it. 

" Jot said I was a second Solomon, l)ut y'r 



AT PLYMOUTH. 333 

granther said I was a second-class jackass ; siium if 
he didn't, and that, tn, arter I 'd pulled him aout 
'f a bad hole ! 

'• Wal, 3''r granther held a grudge 'ginst me ; 
an' one day Avhen T went t' Wichnor t' trade I 
liitclied my hoss t' the hitchin'-post front his 
store an' Avent in. I had aout in my wagin "haout 
as good a lot of eggs as y' cummonly see, an' I 
put 'em in with a lot o' oats in th' tail o' th' 
wagin. 

" Yer granther 'vited me t' th' stove, polite as 
a basket o' chips. ' Quite chilly, Mr. Bisbee, f'r 
the time of th' year,' sez he. ' Take a seat b' the 
stove Avhere its comfort'ble.' An' then that critter 
went aout an' hitched his hoss, that al'a's lied his 
nose in everythin', tu th' tail of my wagin — I 
vaow tu man he did ! And then he come in an' 
p'lavered jest as sweet as maple sugar. An' when 
I went aout t' my team, ther was that pesky hoss 
a-champin' up an' deoun 'nough tu make yer cry — 
th' dummed critter was jes' a-goin' it in my oats 
an' eggs, with yaller frotli an' specks of egg-shells 
from th' eend of his pesky nose tu th' tip of his 
consarned ears ! " 

'•' It iras pretty mean,'* said Phil, holding on to 
his sides with laughter. 

"Mean?" said Jim, solemn as a funeral. ''I 
jest told him thet a man thet 'd du that 'd steal 
corn from a blind jackass, dunnned if I did n't I 

" ' Or buy eggs f'r hisself with another man's 






i\\iiii:]i a<;a/xsj' sux. 



nioiiev,' saiil \"r ^rantluT."" Aral .lini, relaxing;' 
liis Li'i'avitw (Tdsscd liis thin k'L;'s aliimst doul)!*' 
and laiiL;lK'<l al the y>\n\ ihouyli it was against 
liiins(.'lt'. 



From tlic time we canic tn I'lvmimtli. there hatl 
liccii rninitrsdl' an iron-chid that it was said was 
ahont to conic (hiwn tlic ri\'cr. In .Marcli tlicsc 
rumors midtiiijicih until al last tlicrc came one of 
our spies, with llic intelli'gence that she was ahout 
to make an attack on I'Kiiionth in eonjiuiction with 
land forces from the rehel capital. 

(reneral Wesstdls was so wtdl eonviuceil tliat 
tliere was truth in these I'limoi's that lie called for 
ri'enforcemeiits. lie diil not L;'et tliem. lor (reneral 
(iraiit neede(l all the axailahle troops for the over- 
land t-am})aiL;ii. that was then just ahotit to open. 



THE ADVENT OF THE -ALBEMARLE:' ooo 



CHAPTER XXYIII. 

THE ADVENT OF THE '"ALBEMARLE." 

On Sunday the IStli of ^Vpril there was an un- 
wonted stir in the Uttle to\^'n, for it was reported 
tliat the enemy was advancing from the interior 
on all the roads to Plymouth. 

In the afternoon the enemy sent word of his 
intention of storming the town, and at sundown the 
little wharf opposite the '' Southtield " was crowded 
with non-combatants \\\\o were embarking on a 
steamer for Roanoke Island. That afternoon the 
enemy attacked Fort Grey, a mile up the river, and 
this attack led those of us who were on board to 
infer that it was to clear the river for the iron-clad. 
Obstructions had l)een sunk at a narrow part of tlie 
river above for the purpose of preventing the pas- 
sage of such a craft, but the spring freshets had 
partially removed them. 

On the afternoon of the 19th the enemy shelled 
the place with a storm of spherical case-shot which 
riddled the houses and lopped the limbs from the 
trees in the streets of the little town. On the 
sides of the houses toward the river were groups of 
black people who had gathered there for protection, 
and whose shrieks and wails and prayers could be 



^M i\[riii:n AdMXsr soy. 

heard alxivc tlie uproar uf the Inittle. Our 1)atteries 
aiiswfi'cd the sliots ot' the enemy, and tlie ^'uns of 
(lur l)()ats soon added to the tuuiult h\' throwing 
sh(dl over the town into liis raid^s. \\dien id^'lit 
eaiiie we eoidd see the Hretlvdike sparkh." of his 
Lj'uns in the lields on our ri^'ht. where uinh-r eo\'er 
of this u[)i'oar he was atteniptiii!.;' to capture an 
isolated re(hiuht. The hriiii;' continued with itn- 
ahated noise until ten o'clock in the evening, 
when it died away. 

Shortly aftin' there came the intelligenec that 
the ram was on her wav down the river. In [)rep- 
aratioii h»r her coming, ('ouunander Flitsher Jiad 
histened our two xessels together with long spars, 
while strong chains hung hetween them for the 
purpose of holding the ram. with the intention of 
siidviug or Itoarding lu'r while so held. We had 
but little doul)t that if we could in this AN-ay en- 
tangle the iron-clad we should [ilace her at a great 
disadvantage. 

The " Soutlitield '" carried live !>-ineh and one 
100-pounder Parrots, and one 12-potinder howitzer, 
while the ''Miami" carried more guns than our 
ship; and although our Ijoats were of wood Ave 
l)elieve(l they would make the jtassage of the ram 
diflictilt, and, it was ho[)ed, impossil)]e. 

Both Phil and I, as the reader knows, had taken 
part in the fight Avith the " Mi'rrimack," and did 
not feel so sanguine as did our gallant and fear- 
less ecjunnander. We were not certain, however, 



THE ADVEXT OF THE "ALBEMARLE:' ooT 

tliat lilt' mucli-talke(l-(^f iron-clad was anything 
more than a " scare." 

It was abont one o'clock in the morning when a 
message came from General Wessells that the first 
craft that came down the river would be the rebel 
ram. 

It was nearly two o'clock when she made her 
appearance. Then we heard a gun tired from Fort 
Grey, and shortly after we heard the lookout ex- 
claim, '' Here she comes ! " 

Through my glass I saw a dark-looking craft 
with a huge \'olume of smoke pouring from her 
smoke-stack, which showed that she burned pitch- 
pine wood for fuel, and could be nothing else than 
the ram. She came on without firing a single shot, 
while we steamed up the river to meet lier, and to 
entangle her, if possible, in our toils. 

A water battery wnth a single gun carrying 
200-pound shot fired once at the ram ; then, with- 
out replying to the battery, she was upon us. 
Either the Confederates had been warned of our 
plan, or else by accident avoided its consumma- 
tion, for they steered near the north side of the 
river, and then by a quick turn plunged the beak 
of the ram into the " Southfield."' 

I was standing by the forward gun when this 
took place, and had just given the signal for 
firing. Whether the signal was obeyed or not I 
do not remember (if I ever knew), for the ship 
began rapidly filling with water, and the chain 



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plates of the •• ,\.]l)Oiiiarle,"" wliieli luul heeonie 
entangled in our iVainework, carried her Ijuws 
down ^\'ith ns as \ve sank. 

Amid the crush of tiiiihers, tlie ci'eakiiiL;' and 
sti'aiiiiiiL;' of llie enlocke(l ci-afls. the gnr^'hn;^' 
A\"aters. and the slnieks, and cries, and iinisket 
shots, 1 heard Phihs voice crv out eh:nu' and 
peiieti'atiiiL;' as we said^; : 

'•(iive thcui one more sliot, men I " 

Then 1 was caui^lit in tlie Lj'un ta(dYh' and carried 
uiah-r, in a wliirl of water, witli tlie sinkini;' craft. 

It seemed an aL;'e hefore I could extricate myself. 
There was a marinL;' sound in mv liead. it seenu'(l 
as if my hrains would hurst from m\' skull, and 
then I lost consciousness, to regain it as I found 
myself on the surface of the water. T heard the 
shar[) ci'ies, and the crack, rr((c/,\ crark. of nnisketry 
in the conliict. 

1 found that I had come u[t Ijetween the iron- 
rlad and the " Southiield," and fearing to he 
cruslicdor otherwise injured hetween them I dived, 
and coming U[) heyond her on the north side swam 
h)r the swamp. As I reached the shore I turned 
and saw the " Miami " with all steam on headed 
down stream, followed hy tlie slowei' " Albemarle."' 

After floundering around for a wdiile, in an 
attempt to tind dry land, I determined to swim to 
the opposite side of the river where our forces 
were. It Avas n't much of a swim, l)ut the current 
Avas swift and carried me down stream out of my 



THE ADVEXT ()E THE -ALBEMAHLE:' 839 

CMUirse. r succeeded at last in reaching' tlie shore 
l)elow the town. The water was verv cohl, and 
I was cliilled to the hone as I crept through the 
nuid to {\\(' S\vani}ty riAer-l)ank. 

My knees ^\•ere so weak, eitlierfrom being in the 
chilly water or from nerve strain, that I could 
scarcely stand. I found myself on the margin of a 
narrow stream, a branch of the main river, which 
swept between me and the town. 

With this discovery I sat down to debate with 
myself what course it was l)est to pursue. It was 
fortunate I did so, for the rattle of some tim- 
ber soon showed me that the enemy was near. 
I listened and then, not 1)eing- al)le to hear what was 
going on, crept toward the sound I had heard. 
As I did so there was a tramp of men, and coming 
near to me was a party bearing a boat or scow on 
their shoulders : these were followed by others with 
scows and timber. 

I was soon convinced that they were about to 
build a bridge across the stream for the purpose of 
reaching our left flank, which was protected by 
t^^•o small redoubts open at the rear. 

( )n making this discovery, I determined to reach 
the town and give information of the sinister 
intentions- of the enemy. I retraced my steps, and 
then taking to the water reached the opposite side 
without accident, picked my way to firm land, and 
hurriedly walked to the town. 

I knew where General Wessells' headquartera 



340 FATHER AhWIXST SON, 

were, and t(i tliis I stt'ere(l without delay. On 
arriving' thci-c I <lid not Hud even a sentry l)ef()ro 
the (hjor. There was a lamp ImniinL;' in the hall- 
way. I listened, hut lieai<l not a sound. The 
place was a[i[)arenlly deserted, (.)r the general and 
all his staff had gone to hed. 

I was ahont to lea\-e the house \\'hen I saw a. 
g'limniering of light through the (U'aek of a do(_)r at 
the hii'tlier eiul of the hall. I o})ened this door 
and saw, at a tahle lighted hy a single candle, a 
young man in the dress of a i)ri\'ate, with his head 
on his arms, hist asleep. It was the mess-room 
of the generahs staff, who had evidently l)een 
disturl)ed while at sup})e'r hefore I arrived. The 
ta])le Avas set h)r a half-dozen [)eo[)le, and was 
still covered with yt'vy ap[ieti7.ing h)od. 

liemenihering' that one of the maxims of a sailor 
was, ''Eat and sleep when you can,"" I seated 
myself at the tahle, and without awakening the 
soldier, who I knew nuist he one of the detailed 
elerks of the general's oflice. I helped myself to the 
food I found there. The eoffee was still warm, 
real cream near at hand, while the chicken was 
cooked with a skill uidvuown to my experience 
on shi})l)oard. 

I sat op[)Osite to the slumhering man, enjoyirig 
every mouthful, using napkins to wipe away the 
water that dripped from my sleeves, when a dish 
crashed on another aiul the soldier awoke and 
started to his feet with an exclamation. 



THE ADVENT OF THE "ALBE^Lin LE." 8il 

'' Sit down I " I said, as I helped myself to a 
toothpick. " Wiiere's the general?" 

The young fellow continued to gasp and stare 
as if he had seen a ghost, until I repeated my 
question. 

" Who in thunder are you ? " he exclaimed, '' and 
what are you doing here ? "' 

" T am Ensign Johnstone of the ' Southfield,' '" I 
replied. "• I have been eating a good dinner while 
you were asleep at your post." And drawing my 
revolver with the water running from the muzzle, 
I exclaimed, '' S[)eak, you idiot, or I will blow your 
brains out, if you *ve got any in your head I " 

Under this inspiration he cried out : 

" The general is at Fort Williams : he expects a 
night attack at any time." 

" All right," I said ; '' come on, we "11 go to Fort 
Williams ; lead the way I " 

The fort was not more than a quarter of a mile 
away, in front of the town, and to this we made 
our way. 

"What were you alarmed about when I awoke 
you ? " I said to the soldier. 

" You were as white as a ghost," he replied, 
" and your eyes shone like a tiger's, and there was 
mud on your head and weeds in your hair ; and 
you looked wild enough. I ain't afraid of anything 
but spirits, but darned if I ain't afraid of them, 
an' I thought you was a ghost." 

I was not very much flattered at the description 



342 iwiiiiin ACAJXsr son. 

of my aii})e;iraiic(' wliicli he o'ave, tliouyii iio doulit 
it was a cdrrcct oin'. 

\\^' rfacluMl I-\ir! Williams, and \\lien it was 
k'anicd tliat I liad iiiqiortaiit iiitormatidn i'ov tlie 
L;cm'ra] the drawld-id^r was K't ddwii. and I was 
shown to tlif pi-fStMicc of tliat ot'liccr. I found liim 
sijuattin^' in an -"A"" trnt wliii-li was li^'liti'd with a 
t-andle, and to liini I was presented as an ol'licer 
from the •• Soutlilield." The general ^laneed mo 
oxer with a grim smile and said, *' Where "s y(.)ur 
shi[i ? " 

'•At the liottom of the river, sir, and I've just 
arrived from her." 

The generaTs stei'n faee took on a sterner ex[ii'(,'s- 
sion as he said. •• WHiat information do y()U hring?" 

I told him what I had seen on the erecdc, and 
what 1 liad heard. 

" Verv good." said the general: •■you did well 
in re})(»rting this at onee." 

He then called an energetie-looking otiieer, and 
to him gave direetions i'oi' tlie eoneentration of 
troops at that flank. After this he turned to me 
and said, ••Ensign, you will tind some dry elothing 
in that corner, and if any of it will lit you put it 
on." 

I thanketl him, and found a pair of dark-l)lue 
trousers, a pair of drawers, a shirt, and some eoarse 
stockings; and after putting them on was more 
comfortal)le. 

'•'- 1 am afraid I am takinu' clothes that some of 



THE ADVEXr OF THE ••ALBEMARU:." -Wo 

the rest of you will miss," 1 said to one of the 
stuff olfieers who had eome in as I eoni[)leted the 
change. 

'' That "s all right," lie said ; '' all we can do in any 
case is to light and keep conifortal)le ; we 've got to 
surrender at last, for we can't get away or get reen- 
forcements wntli that iron-clad in the river." 

'" You think there is no show for us, then," [ 
said, *• and that the enemy wdll gobhle the whole 
garrison ? " 

'' They have a strong force, not less than ten 
thousand men, and our line is long and weak. We 
can't stand a siege without provisions ; so it is only 
a question of a short time when we make our final 
surrender." 

I threw myself on the bare ground and slept 
soundly until 1 was aroused l)y a great din. 
There were prolonged yells and the sharp crackle 
of musketry, punctuated with the deep growl of 
artillery. 

" What is that?" I exclaimed. 

" Sounds like an attack on our left," said an 
artillery officer. 

The shrill yells of the charging enemy, the roar 
of heavy guns, with the crackle of infantry firing, 
continued for a few minutes, and then in the dim 
light of approaching day, we saw our soldiers 
falling back through the town, fighting every step 
as they retreated." 

The enemy was in our rear. 



344 FATinn; acmnst soy. 

Very soon men l)eL;aii to roine from the tigiit 
into tlie fort, and we knew that tlie enemy had 
earried the town. 

^VmoiiL;' those who came was Jim l)isl)ee, aeeom- 
panied 1)\- a lieutenant of artillerv in wliom I ree- 
o^'nize(l m\' old schoolmate Uui'ton. 

I was i'e(|Uested to take command of a lOO- 
})ound ^un. which was mounted on a shiii-cari'ian'e, 
and 1 at once set at Work chan^'inL;- the L;un so 
tliat it ciiuld ])(■ l)i'oUL;'ht to Iiear on tla' town, 
instead of the front, as was tlie oriL;inal iidention. 
4diis was more (juickly accomplished than 1 thotight 
woldd he possil)le. 

While I was dii'ectiuL;- this work I was li^'htly 
touched on the shouldei' hy an infantiy soldier, 
whom I r<'coL;iu/.e(l as John Nixon. He told me 
lie had joined the I'^ii'st Nortli Cai'olina re^'iment 
(sometimes calleil the " Buffaloes" ), and that his 
Avife. \\'ho had l)een with him at Plymouth, had left 
on the steamer on Sunday, htr Ifoauoke Island. 

I shook hands with him and re<{tiested him to 
assist at the gttn. 

The shot were now striking in the fort from 
every diivetion, right, left, and rear, as wtdl as 
front, and the prospects looked far from eheerful. 
I eotild see the enemy constantly passing on a 
street parallel to and near the river. 

When my gun was shotted I ttirned her (h^wn to 
pointd)lank range, and with a savage joy, which 
only those who are in a tight place know, tired 



THE ADVENT OF THE '-ALBEMARLE:' 345 

down the street among the enemy, shot after sliot 
in rapid snccession. I was ghid to make some 
retnrn for the attentions I had been receiving. 

The fighting soon became exceedingly hot. 
The nnexploded spherical case-shot fired l)y the 
enemy stnck in the logs which formed the interior 
walls of our breast-heights, like plums in a pudding. 
In addition to shot fired from the enemy's light 
field-guns, those of the iron-clad struck the fort 
constantly. Nor was that the worst : the enemy's 
sharpshooters were in the houses and officers" 
quarters near the fort, endeavoring to pick off our 
gunners. Nearly every man who stepped up to 
adjust tlie primer to my 100-pound gun ^vas either 
killed or wounded. 

In the midst of the fight, I was training the gun 
to bear on a group of Confederates, the glitter of 
whose bayonets could be seen on the river street 
of which I have already spoken, when Dudley Bur- 
ton came up, and with an important air said : 

" Can't you sight that gun farther to the left? " 

I pointed to the tramway of the gun-carriage and 
then pulled the lanyard. The shot went bellowing 
down the street, and Dudley jumped to the gun- 
carriage to see where it would strike. In an 
instant he fell back wounded and bleeding'. 

A sharpshooter's bullet had struck his cheek 
bone, and passed down out through his lower jaw. 
The blood ran from his mouth and I thought he 
was dead, but I had time only to throw his over- 



.'U(J FATIIl'J; A(,'\/XST SON. 

coat ra})e over his l)lo()(l_v face and go on with my 
(hities, U)V in a ii^lit there is little time for senti- 
mi'iil or ceremony. 

I'^lrven men were hillecl and wounded at this "'un, 
ami c\'eiT minute the sharpshooters were making' 
our places there still moie nucomfortrthle. 

At al)out ten o'clock I ^■ot orders to eease tiiini;-, 
as the general was ahout to n'o out under a ILil;' 
of ti'Uce to confer with (ieneral Hoke, who eom- 
mandetl the enemy's forces. They had heen asso- 
ciated together in what the ( 'oid'ederates called the 
M)ld A nil}'/ and it was thoug'ht that our general 
might get l)ettei- terms tlian any one else. 

As I had lost my hat in the river, I had taken 
one from a dead artilL-rist and placed it on my 
head. During this temporary suspension of fight 
ing, I took it off and found that the top, where it 
was pinched together, had l)een almost shot away. 

''It's lucky you are an inch too short for the 
slunpshooters," said Nixon, '' or you 'd he a right 
dead man." 

In a few moments General Wessells returned 
gi'eatly enraged. 

■' What are you dodging for?" he exclaimed to 
one of the men who ducked his head; "-they wont 
hurt you I" 

It was said that the terms of surrender proposed 
l)y him liad heen rejected, and that the old general 
had come into the fort determined to tight as long 
as a man could be brought to the guns. 



THE ADVENT OF THE 

Among all ranks it was felt l)etter that we die 
fighting than be made prisoners of A\ar : sueh was 
the evil reputation rebel prisons liad gained among 
the Federal soldiers. 

But the situation on all sides grew more and 
more desperate, and at last, at 11 o'clock A.^Nl., 
General Wessells reluctantly surrendered the gar- 
rison. 



848 



FATHER AhAIXST SOX. 



CHAPTKK XXIX. 



:x THE i:xi:.MV s coi-xxny, 



The tirst hkiii wlio laiiie over the p;ira})et of 
our \\'()rks \\as a sli^'lit lieutenant aeeonipanied l»va 
l)urly and bearded ( 'oiit'ederate. Witliout mueli 
notice of tlie l-'e(UTal soldieis standiuL;' around in 
the fort, they hc^'an at once to ransaelv for vahi- 
ahh's : and in tliis pursuit tliey rip[)ed open a 
featht'r Ix'd in the i^'enei^al's tent, in seareh of 
L;i'eenl)ai-]-;s. 

I sai(h "Tliai "s tin' n'enerahs tent, and is to be 
resp(_H-te(L 

They hotli tui'ne(| ilereely ujion me and pre- 
sented such a comical ap[)earance that I laughed in 
their faces. Tlu^y had e\'idcntlv been eating' mo- 
lasses, for the feathers had adhered to their beards, 
gi\inL;' them, to use the mildest expression, a 
L;rotes(pie appearance. 

Tlie yottng' oilieer scowled at me and said in his 
iiercest tones. *•* We 11 soon show \"ou how A\'e re- 
s[)eet you and yotir general! '" and then added with 
a sneer , " Oh, it 's yon again, is it ? A renegade 
Xorth Carolinian ! You esca[)e(l tlie halter once, 
but you will be fortunate to get off the second 
time.'' 



IN THE EXEMY\S COLWTRY. 349 

And witli this he pointed his revolver at my 
head, and I A'erily heheve he was al)Out to shoot 
me down in eohl ]»h:)od, wlien an offieer who had 
come up knocked av.ay his hand, saying, 

"None of that. Jack; these men are prisoners 
of Avar and cannot resent your insults. Let tliem 
alone ! " 

'' He "s a renegade Southerner," snarled the lieu- 
tenant, wlio was the same John Ferold I had seen 
with Mr. Henderson Avhile I Avas attempting to 
escape from SecessiouAulle. 

" None of that, I say," repeated the officer, and 
F'erold, as he met the determined look of his supe- 
rior, turned sulkil}' away. 

"• You are in a scrape again, I see," said the lat- 
ter, and I then recognized him as the j'oung lieu- 
tenant-colonel to Avhom I had surrendered at 
Secessionville. • 

" Sorry to see you in l)ad luck again," lie said 
pleasantly, " hut it is the fortune of Avar." 

Later Ave were marched out of the fort between 
two lines of Confederate soldiers, avIio exchanged 
hats Avith us by grabbing ours from our heads and 
substituting their own. One seized my hat and 
gave me his cloth home-made article in return. At 
first I Avas inclined t(^ throAA" it aAA^ay, but on second 
thought saAV that it Avas a more serviceable hat than 
my OAvn, and wished I had a gray jacket to go Avitli 
it, for I Avas determined not to go to a Confederate 
prison if I could possibly escape. 



350 FATHER AaAIXST SON. 

From the t'oi't we wi'i'c inaivlR'd to an oprii lield, 
as a. [)ix'[iaralinii t'oi' — w^' kn('\\' imt what. In llie 
Held wi'i'c ^atlicred not only soldiers tliat had 
l)cen captni'iMl, hut nuMi. vroincn, and children, 
l»lacl:, yellow, and white. 

^■\s I stood IddhinL;' at this niolley eolleetioii of 
fellow-jii'isoiiers. I M'as sla[)ped familiarly on (he 
sliouldei; and turned to resent it, when I was eon- 
I'ronted hy I'hil an<l Jim Hishee. 

"•IIow lie y"? I snum we "re all in the same 
box I "" said l>isl>ee. 

Phil exteinh'd his hand, and I kiiewhy the looks 
of his faee that he had heen nneertain as to my 
fate. 

'' I am yiad to see you. Where have yon l)een '/ " 
he exidaimed, wringiuL;' mv han<l. I told liini 
in hrit'f my ex])erienee since the siidvino' of the 
'^ Southheld." 

''And I,"' said Phil, '-swam rii^'ht to the shore 
instead of down stream after the 'Miami.' Put 1 
thoun'ht you were at the hottom of the river." 

•• And I snum, here y" are a^'in, 1 mig-ht say ri^lit 
'mono' y*r Xorth Sardinians," said Jim. "Sav, d" 
ye think y'r father is 'mony this eraoud o" toUL;h 
figliters, Ilez?'' 

" Xo," I re[)lied, "and I tliank God for that; 
this is Hoke's division of North Carolina troops on 
a little exeursion after Yaid^s, and my father belongs 
to another division of the .Vrmj of Xortliern Yir- 
o-inia." 



IN THE enemy's COUXTRV. 351 

"John Nixon is aronnd here somewhere,"' Tsaid; 
"lie put on the eoat and hat of a dead artillery-man, 
and I don't want 3'ou to forget that his name now 
is John lUirns, of the — d ^lassachusetts heavy. 
You see these rel)s might mistake him for one of 
those ' Buffaloes ' tliey are making inquiries about." 

Shortly Johneame up to our party, shook hands 
with Phil, and added Jim Bisljee to his list of 
Yankee acquaintances and friends. 

That night we slept in an open field surrounded 
by a guard. 

The following afternoon we were plentifully 
rationed with Union hardtack and salt pork, pre- 
paratory to a march into tlie interior of the country 
to — we knew not where. 

Having suffered from the want of food while 
within the enemy's lines during my former experi- 
ence, I drew all the rations possible ; and as there 
was no great system in its issue I not only got all 
the hardtack I could stow away in a liaversack I 
had picked up, but I also filled my pockets until they 
bulged prodigiously. I had told Phil, Bisbee, and 
Nixon of my intention to escape, and they also, 
with the intention of joining me in my attempt, 
drew all the rations they could carry. 

To those who laughed at our loads I said, " I guess 
you don't know how scarce provisions are in the 
Confederacy."' And to this remark even one of our 
guard nodded in assent. 

Jim had what he called a new-fangled frying- 



3;)2 FATIIFJl ACAIXST SOy. 

pail, with a liaiidlf that uiisliippod, wliicli lu' was 
about to discard, but \vlii(di I })i\'vailt'(l upon liiin 

to ]<(_'(_'p. 

Instead of eating' of oiir provisions at our first 
sto[)[)ing-[»Iac(', we l)ai-L;ain('d \\itli the gtiard for 
some " [loufs,"" and thus A\-ere able to keep our 
stoek g'oo(h 

It was soon currently i'e[iorted that the enemy 
would execute all Xortli ('aroliniau and negro 
soldieis. l^\en l)efore lieginning our march Ave 
had lieard the rradc. i-racl,' of iid'antry liiing, and on 
in(iiuring- of the guard its pur[iort, were told that 
they were shooting nigger soldiers that had lied to 
the swamps, 

Twice during the lirst day's maich we were halted 
and drawn u[) in single line on each side of the 
road while C'onfedei'ate oilicers with citizens ])assed 
down the ranks t^arefully scanning each face for 
deserters — as they termed all natives who had 
enlisted in the Union army. John met their scru- 
tiny unflinchingly, and though one of John's 
neighl)ors was among those that made this search, 
he was not identified. At one time an ofiicer 
stopped sc|uare in front of him, but his uniform, 
together with his unconcerned manner and per- 
haps the fact that those around him Avere Mas- 
sachusetts men, caused the officer to pass on with- 
out sus})icion. 

At the third halting-place John once more under- 
went the ordeal of a similar proceeding. They 



IN THE JJXEMVS COLWTRy. 3oo 

identitied several so-called deserters this time, and 
hanged them to tlie nearest trees without ceremony. 

At Hamilton we were halted in a grove to cook 
our rations, and here a large number of the people 
gathered to see the captured Yanks. ■ 

They were quite jubilant over our capture, and 
one of them said, '^ I reckon that we-uns have got 
the hul Yankee nation here." 

Women and children predominated, though there 
were also a number of elderly men. 

John had a bladder of Scotch snuff which he had 
picked up somewhere, which he declared was worth 
more to trade with, among the women folks, than 
double its weight in gold. He thouglit it would 
not be prudent for him to come in contact with 
the natives, as he might Ije recognized, and so Phil 
and I started out to trade the snuff. It was 
eagerly taken by those who had any food for sale, 
or bought by those who had Confederate money, 
so that we reaped quite a harvest, and yet had dis- 
posed of no more than a third of it. Nearly every 
woman in the gathering carried a snuff stick (a 
chewed pine stick) which she was anxious to clip 
into our snuff to test it. 

General Wessells, in surrendering the garrison, 
had obtained the concession for his officers and 
men, that their personal property should be 
respected; so we had not been stripped, as was 
often the case under similar circumstances, and we 
still had our money, knives, and other valuables. 



354 FATHER AGAIXSr SOX. 

We weiv watchful now inr ;m (i[>iH>rturiity to 
es(.a[)(_' ; but John thought wv shduhl stand a better 
chance when net so near a Liri^'e C'ont'eilerate post 
like Plymouth. 

At Il.niiihou we h 111 what Jim callnl •• a com- 
mittee of the hull tu L;it aout of tlie C'onfederaey," 
and it was aL;'reed that we would esea[)e at the 
hrst o})[)oi-tunity tliat occurred. Jim. liowever. at 
hrst said, " 1 lieard jest naow that we was L;-oin' t' 
l)e sent t" Richmond t" he "xchanged. I snuni I 
don't want tu lose the chance."" 

An ohl soldier \\lio heard tliis remark said, 
"Don't you talce any stock in such stuff as that. I 
was a [)risoner once before this and got fooled liy 
just such rumors. I'A'cry time the rebs would have 
a slim guard, they "d l)egin to put up such talk as 
that. I)on"t}du lielieve it."" 

" I reckon,"" said John, •• it 's a kind of a Yankee 
trick they are try'n' to [»lay to make us easy to keep." 

'• Sho I " said Jim : "y' don't say? Wal, naow, I 
M-ould n't a thought it of 'em, by gum! I guess 
1 '11 take my chance t' inake tracks, for if some o' 
these folks 1 "ve sold tinware tu should take it 
inter th'r heads th't 'cause it's worn a(Uit thet I 
cheated *em, likes not 't would go kind o" hard 
with nie." 

At last, after a long march, we were halted at 
Tarljoro', on the Tar Uiver, where, it was surmised, 
we were to be put on the cars and sent down south 
to iVudersonville. 



IN THE ENEMY'S COUNTRY. 355 

The bank of the river where we were lialted 
was quite steep, and no guards were placed near 
the water. I took out a small l)Ook-ma}i wliicli I 
had in my pocket, and saw that the Tar Uiver ran 
l)y Little Washington, where a force of our soldiers 
was stationed. In attempting to reach this place 
we had, however, to take into account the [)Ossi- 
hility that tlie same force that had captured Plym- 
outh might also capture it before we could arrive 
there. John thought this improbable, and gave 
S'ood reasons for it. So, after discussing' all the 
proljabilities, we determined to take this route to 
freedom. 

Along the margin of the narrow stream on 
which we were halted was a thick fringe of foliage, 
in which John proposed that we conceal ourselves 
and remain until the other prisoners were marched 
off; and then when darkness came, we would stand 
a fair chance to get away. 

One by one we got into this wooded river-fringe, 
and then worked our way as far down stream as 
we safely could while the party still remained 
there. On so doing, however, we found that the 
guards extended away down to the river on that 
flank of the camp. 

One by one, therefore, we silently distributed 
ourselves among the undergrowth, with the agree- 
ment that when darkness came we were to meet (if 
not captured meanwhile) at a tall tree which was 
designated. 



356 FA Tin: i; u/l/xvy snx. 

I found a little ]i(tlli)\v near this tree, where, 
eoveriuj^' iiivselt' with dead leaves, I lav d()\\'ii, 
listening- to the clamor of the many voices that 
eame to me from the eanip, and the river that 
flowed by prattling of "^'ankee waters beyon(h 

I must have fallen asleep, tor I knew nothiiig 
more until I was awakened hy a hand on my 
shoulder. It was Phil, who with John Nixon had 
eome to meet me. 

" We ean"t find Jim." tliey said in a whis[)er; 
'" l)Vit M'e will wait f(»r him awhile." 

'•' Do you know where he was hid'.''"' I asked. 

"■ Ves. hut he is moved, and the }irisonei'S and 
their guard have been gone an hour. We ought 
to be getting along." 

We waited nearly an hour, and then not seeing 
or hearing from Jim reluetantlv started without 
liim. Phil said that just as the prisoners were 
marched away two rebel soldiers liad c(Mne prowl- 
ing along the sliore : that one of them had come so 
near him that at one time he thought that he should 
be discovered; })erhaps they saw Jim's long legs 
sticking out somewhere and took him in." 

It was at first del)ated between us whether or 
not we had l)etter cross the river and go down on 
the other side. We concluded that there was not 
enough advantage to l)e gained thei'eby to pay ; 
we should get wet, and our matches ^\•ould become 
useless; besides, it would take time. 

We therefore be2ran to walk along the river shore 



IN THE EXE MY' S COUXTRY. o57 

listening and peering into the darkness with great 
caution until we had got full a mile away from 
where Ave started. During this time we had not 
met a single person. Feeling that now it was safe 
to [)roeeed with less care, we began to move ra})idly 
in single lile down the river. 

I was in advance, when, getting out of a path l)y 
which we had been moving, I stumbled over what 
I thought to be a log. I should never have known 
to the contrarj- if tlie supposed log hadn't got on to 
a pair of feet, run, then stumbled, and rolled down 
the steep bank. 

We all rushed forward, pounced on the intruder, 
and while John and Phil were tying Iris legs I held 
liim by the throat to keep him from crjdng out. 

"• We must buck and gag him,'" I called out to 
my comrades, "■ or he will raise the town." 

There came from the captive a gurgling sound, 
when, thinking that he was suffering from the 
pressure that I had put upon his windpipe, I 
loosened my grasp, and putting the cold muzzle 
of my canteen to his head, said : 

" If you move I '11 blow your brains out I and I 
don't want to kill you." 

The snorting and twisting continued until I 
thought he had a fit. The reader can imagine my 
astonishment when at last he said with a gasp of 
laughter, '"' Now stop yer nonsense ! I swow it 's too 
all-fired funny, Hez Perkins ! " 

I was angry, and exclaimed, " T wish I liad 



358 FATHER An MX ST SON. 

clioked you liaidrr, you clowu you! What in 
thuiukT ai'c you laUL;■lliu^' at'/"" 

" Wal,*" said -lini ( for it was he), l)et\vet'n gasps, 
and still couvulscd, •* I swow, it's "nougli t" make a 
eaow laf to liax'e any ouc tryin" t" l)lo\\' y"r brains 
aout \\ith a caiUfi'u ! "" and Jim laughed still 
harder, in his gi-oaiiiug, eluudvling. out-ol'-ltreath 
manner. 

•• \'ou M'ill l)ring the \\hoh' eountry ai'ound our 
ears, you hlunderhuss ! "" said Phil, who seemed as 
mueh amused as Jim, though he tried to eoneeal it. 

But I was unahle to see the fun, and ean't to 
this (hiv when Phil sometimes relates the ineident. 

"It puts me in mind,"" said John, "of the snig- 
gering of a nigger we were going t" hang one 
night down t' our place. 

''•"What ar" y" lallin" at, y" nigger?' said one of 
our folks. 

"'And that dog-goned nigger chuckled an' said: 

'" Why, massa, yo" "mos' hungyo' own nigger; got 
de wrong one, sah I " and then that or'nary nigger 
chuckled, and hawdiawed right smart ! "' 

It turned out that Jim had hdlen asleep, and 
when he awoke, thinking that we were gone, he 
had started off before we did.- He had no idea 
that the [»ersons who had come upon him were other 
than rebel guards until I called out to Phil. 

This foolish affair over, we started on our way 
once more, and met no other adventures that night. 

When davlight came we resolved to go into 



IN THE ENEMY'S COrNTliY. oo9 

hiding during the day in a swamp near the river, 
in wliich was a thick growth of weeds and Ijuslies. 
We found a safe hiding-place there, and l)efore 
sunrise kindled a fire, fried some bacon and boiled 
some coffee, of which we each had a small quantity. 
Then having eaten breakfast \\e trampled out our 
fire, for fear the smoke would attract attention, and 
lay down on the dry leaves we had gathered, and 
warmed by the sunshine went to sleep, leaving 
only one — John Nixon — on guard. We had all 
learned that to have cool nerves and a clear head, a 
man must lay up a good store of sleep for emer- 
gencies. 



oOO FATHER AGAINST SUN. 



CHAPTER XXX. 

UNDER TWO FLA(1S. 

Xo incident of note oecnired dnring' the day, 
exc-cpt that .Inn (h_'serted liis post ^\■hen on gnard 
to h)ok at tlu' timber in the swaiii]). and had eonie 
hark in great ahirni. saying he had "seen an alli- 
gatoi' l)ig enougli to swaHer a eaow." 

Wlit-n we repro\"i'd hini for leaving liis station 
as lookout he said with })ro\iiking coolnt'ss, "I "11 
eonie daown here an" make a great spec cnttin" that 
tind)er sometime; there "s a all-lired lot o' money 
in them ])ig trees."" 

As darkness came on we once more started on 
our way. searching the shores as we Avent for some 
kind of a hoat in which to pursue our journey with 
greater speed and safety. In this we Avere lunv- 
ever nnsnccessful ; for either there were no boats 
or tliev were Avell hidden. 

Thus it Avas we made so little progress that soon 
not only were Ave ont of provisions, l)ut also Ave be- 
gan to tliink that Ave had made a mistake in sup- 
posing that AA'e Avere on the Tar Ifiver. It liad been 
over three days since Ave started, our supplies Avere 
nearly all gone, and Ave Avere compelled to take 
some measures to replenish our stock or giAC up 
the attempt to get into our lines. 



UNDER TWO FLAG'S. 3(31 

I estimateJ tliat ^\•t' liad traveled full thirty-five 
miles ; and, making- allowanee for the crookedness 
of the river and the necessary detours we had made, 
that unless we had made the mistake I have men- 
tioned, we were not far from thirty miles from our 
lines at Little Washington. It seemed to us that 
the influence of a Union force at even tliat distance 
would be felt, and that we might therefore presume 
on a certain amount of friendliness towards, or fear 
of, Union soldiers. 

John was the onl}' one of us who did not heart- 
ily agree with this view, and he only by saying, 
" You can't reckon on anything in this dog-goned 
country since th' folks have gone wild, 'xcept that 
they '11 do somethin' y' don' want 'em to. When 
people hev no right view of th'r own welfare I 
reckon they wont respect we-uns." 

It was finally agreed that John should interview 
the people at the first house we thereafter saw 
(providing it was n't a big planter's estate), and not 
only trade for food, but also get positive information 
as to our whereabouts, and of the distance to Little 
Washington ; or if we were off our course, to some 
other point inside of Yankeedom. We soon saw 
a house which we knew to be inhabited, by the 
smoke that came from the chimney. John threw 
off his coat, borrowed a hat and a canteen which 
a reb had exchanged with Phil, and said, " If I 
had a gun I reckon I co'd pass fo' one o' Hoke's 
men." 



ol)2 FATIIKR Ad A IX ST SON. 

Then. tM|inpp(Ml witli the snuff that was still left, 
he stalled out to trade and pros]»eet. 

\\i' gathered scxci'al other arti(des from the 
niend)ers of our }iarly. such as jaek-kinves and 
conilis. l)ut .lohn \ie\\-e(l tliese disdainfully, and 
said. '• I "11 "low tlie\' niav he light go(_)d, hut I re(dv(.n 
this snulf "11 go lietter with the women lh"t don't 
eoml) so inueh as they snuff. An' tlT '11 he no men 
folks "ee[»t yon.iig trash or old tins." 

''It looks like a eoiisarned tieklish joh t' me," 
said Jim anxiously, '■• hut w' might "s wcdl he aout 
o" hreath "s tu l)e oiil o" fodder, I gatess." 

We waited [latieiitly for what seemed to he an 
hour, when we saw .lohn eoming hurriedly l»aek 
\\ith a ham dangling from one hand and a tin pail 
from the other. 

'•What's the matter, John?" we inqtiired in 
chorus. John made no re[)ly except to pass the 
liam to me and the pail to Jim and ejaculate, 
"Scoot t* th" swam[>," and with this led tlie way 
with such speed that we had to make our legs fly to 
keep him in sight. 

When we were well in the swamp we halted, 
and Jim, after listening, said, "If they put dogs 
on our track we must git t' the river right through 
tir swamp." 

But not a sound of a dog was heard, and John 
then satisfied our curiosity. 

" When I got to that house," said John, " I 
found no one thar but an oh woman, a yoiing girl, 



UNDER TWO FLAGS. 363 

an' a nigger wench ; and they A\'ai' powerfnl cnr'us 
t' know whar T come f'ni. I said I come rigiit f"m 
Plymonth whar we'd gol)l)led a right smart h^t o' 
Yanks, and that I 'd got a fiirhjngh t' see m' folks 
that lived near Little Washin'ton, an' thet I ^\as 
all out of grul) fixin's an" wanted t' buy some. 
Said they had n't no eat hxin's, an' then ast me 
what rigiment I b'longed to. 

" To stop th'r 'quiries I begun to talk "l)out th' 
fight an' said I 'd got some powerfnl good snuff 
down thar f'r our folks thet I war goin" t' see. 
An' then I tuck out my snuff and let her take a 
dip. ' I *11 *lo\v,' I said, ' I'd like to git this snuff t' 
m' ol' woman an' maw." 

" Soon "s that ol' woman got a dip o" my snuff 
her eyes sinned an' she said peart like, 'Stranger, 
what d' y' want fo' that thar snuff ? ' 

"■ ' I don't wan' t' sell,' I said, 'but t' 'commodate 
y' I'll let y' hev' half o"vt f'r pervisions.' 

" ' What grul) fixin's d' y' want ? ' says she, an' 
her eyes pulled at that snuff-skin so powerful thet 
I could n't hardly hold it. 

" ' Will a ham do yo' any good ? ' 

" ' Yes, I reckon,' I said. 

" ' Stewed chicken ? ' 

" 'I reckon,' I said agin. 

" ' Some pones o' corn bread ? ' 

" ' Pass 'm along,' I said impatiently, shaking 
th' snuff-bladder. 

" ' It 's a bargain,' she said with a snap t'r her 



304 FATHER Ai.AIXST SON. 

teeth like a steel trap when it shets : an" the ol' 
woman went out an" brong-ht in tlie fixin's. 

''When I started oif I looked haek. fo" I sns- 
pieioned : an" there w's the ol" \\'onian goin* power- 
ful fas" over til" ticlds. .Vnd then I kneM'"tAvas 
time fo' me to f^'it ri^lit smart "fore tliat ol" "oman 
"d }»ut til" \\ hok' country on my ti'aek after that 
tliar stidf."" 

" Wal, I snum I "" ejaeulatLMl Jim. "I guess y' 
showed good jedgment in lightin" aout. Say, k' "s 
ha\^e some o" that jnhinn-cakc an" cliickcn : mv 
maouth seems t" he ];ind o" waterin" fr it. Wliat 
say ? •• 

Though none of us said a word in reply, our 
stomaehs indorsed the suggestion, and we soon 
were ranged ai'ound the tin }>ail, as ,Iim said, 
'' di'ivin" in the pickets on that chicken.'" 

John had k'arned that \\v. were about two miles 
above the town or village of (Ireenville on the 
Tar River, and, as I had thought, not over thirty- 
five miles from Little Washington. 

We were, however, surrounded l)y hostile people, 
whose enthusiasm had l)een raised to fever heat 
by the news (that had spread over the region as 
if l)y magic) that the Yankee garrisou had l)een 
ca})tured at Plymouth. AVe did not know that 
Little Washington was still in the possession of 
our troops, but reasoned that there had not been 
time for the enemy to capture it. It was agreed, 
whether our reasoning was right or the reverse, 



UNDin'. TWO FLAGS. 365 

that we must risk eiideavoring to reach that [)hiee. 
After getting out of the swamp Ave made a wide 
detour (though Greenville was on the other side of 
the river), in order to give the people of that place 
a wide berth. AVe traveled most of the day and 
succeeding night, keeping our course as best we 
could. 

During the next day we came upon some negroes 
at work in the woods, and from them got several 
pones of corn bread, and learned that we were 
a mile from the river and a right smart distance 
below Greenville. When we offered them pay 
they would take nothing, though I was well sat- 
isfied that they had given us most of the food they 
had for the day. 

We were confident that the l)lack men would 
not betray us, for there is a freemasonry of mis- 
fortune among God's lowly ones. We struck out 
due north when we left them, and then turned 
back to the river, which we reached about sundown. 
We then rested and ate a good supper, and again 
started down the river-bank. 

We had not gone more than two miles when 
we came upon an old darkey just shoving off from 
the shore in a flat-bottomed, weather-beaten dory. 
We opened negotiations at once to purchase the 
craft. He finally agreed to sell it, with the under- 
standing that if we were captured by the enemy, 
we were not to tell them where we got it. We 
also bought one of his fish-lines and a hook, tliiuk- 



oCA] FATIIIJI AUAIXST SON. 

ing- that Ly tlic liclp of tlu'so wo should he ahlo tt) 
r('})lenish our stoclv of food sliouhj we he long 
di'taiiK'il on our joui'iicx'. 

'Idial iiiglit we niaih' good use of ou.r time and 
nuiscles. and w r judgrd wlieii daylight eaine tlial 
we had made fidl Iweiily miles since we took to 
tiie ho;it. 

Willi the dawn we had more need of seereey 
tlian luiri'w so we [)ulle(l our little eraft into the 
l)ushes, in a nool\ well sheltered from sight, and, 
heing tired and sleej)\-, lirst estal)lishing one of 
our party as guai-(|. \\(,' lay down and slept, only 
awakening when it was our turn to stand wateh. 

With the night we continued our voyage, and 
each taking a turn at the oai's made such [)rogress 
that we ex[)ecte(l to get into Little \\'ashington l)e- 
foi'e morning. Uut either the tide set against us, 
or from some reason we did not ituderstand we 
failed to make the progress we anticipated, ami at 
daylight had not reached that place. 

We were very anxious, and were dehaliiig wliether 
or not to lie by for another day, when there came 
a shar}) hail from the shore. 

'^ What l)oat is that ? " 

"That's a landman's call," said Phil in a low 
tone. 

I answered the call hy replying, ^^ A scoav from np 
the river," 

'' Come ashore with your scow," was the laconic 
order. 



UNDER TWO FLAGS. 307 

"I Yow we are either lueky or in a tarnation 
iscrape,'" said Jim. 

"That's what I thonght; Ave are inside the 
Union lines," said Phil, taking- tlie oars and row- 
ing for the shore, wliere we saw a party of men 
gathered. 

The skiff grounded and I jumped ashore ; for I 
had discovered that the men wore the Union Ijlue. 
It Avas tire outpost of Little Washington. 

The first thing uttered Ijy any one of us came 
from Jim ; it was : " Say, fellers, can't ye give us 
something nat'ral-like t' eat ? " 

They complied with Jim's request by conducting 
us to their rendezvous, where they gave us plenti- 
fully of Uncle Sam's rations. 

" I snum," said Jim, " this is tu good f'r 
anythin'." 

" Yes," said Phil teasingiy, " you can let yourself 
loose now, corporal, without danger of running on to 
a hunger snag." 

John was as undemonstrative as ever, only say- 
ing in his sober manner, " I '11 'Ioav I 'm right glad 
t' git hyar." 

When we got into Little Washington, and it 
was learned that we had escaped after being 
made prisoners at Plymouth, we attracted much 
attention. 

" We have forgotten something, in our joy at our 
safety," said Phil soberly. 

"What is it?" 



3(18 



FA Til i:r a a a ixs r snx. 



" Wv liavc fory-otten to tliauk God for tliis drliver- 
aiiee." 

As wt' iv('()n-iii/.c(l 1 1 is liaixl in our deliverance T 
felt, as Jim I5isl)ce said, ■" that we were in ' (iod's 
eomdr\-," and undci- (iocTs llan'."" 

We were treated ^\■itll i;-reat Icindness bv the 
oilicers at the post. 

ThouL^'li it was l)ut a few days sinee we were 
captured, it st'enic(I to us as if it liad l)ecn moidlis, 
so crowded wei'e tlie liours witli emotions insepa- 
V[\])\v from such adventures. 

We told the story of the siidciiiL;' of our guid)oat 
and of the capture of Plvmouth to a newspa[)er 
correspondent, and were intervie\\ed Iw oflieers, 
who thoun'ht it possil)le that the post was likely 
to be attacked at any day. 



WITH OCR FLEET. 3G9 



CHAPTER XXXL 



WITH OITR FLEET. 



The next day Phil and I took leave of Corporal 
Bisbee and John Nixon, and went down the river 
to onr fleet, then lying at the mouth of the Roanoke, 
from which the rebel ram "-Albemarle "' was hourly 
expected. 

The first craft sighted was the " »Strikewell," 
commanded by volunteer Lieutenant Bell, who 
received us with almost affectionate heartiness, 
and invited us to dine with him, an honor A\'hich 
will be best understood by those conversant with 
naval etiquette. 

We then learned that we were thought to have 
Ijeen drowned, for thougli those captured at Plym- 
outh had been allowed to communicate with their 
friends, and though I had written to my mother of 
my capture, neither of us had sent a letter to 
any one in the fleet, and it was therefore thought 
probable that we had both gone down with the un- 
fortunate '' Southfield." We also learned that 
some forty oflicers and sailors of our steamer had 
been rescued by the "Miami " and the other vessels 
of the fleet. 

At the table we told the story of our capture and 



370 FATHF.R ACMXST SOX. 

escape, and inentioiied tlic liano-ing (>f the North 
Caroliiiians tliat had ])ve\i caittuivd there. T tohl 
as a good j'ikc thr threat of tlie young lieutenant 
to liaiig iiif as a renegade Southerner, now that 
they had got lioM of me the seeond time. 

'• P)Ut \'ou are not a Southerner." said the lieu- 
tenant in(]niiingly. 

•• Xo," I rei)lied. '"It was a mistake. I liave 
I'ldatlons wlio are. though.'" 

''I am a Soulherii man hy l)irth."" said Lituitenant 
Uell nursiiigly. •• I luwe a nund)er of rtdatives and 
fi'ieiids in tlie ai'iny. and though I helieve they 
are entirtdv wrong I ean understand their wav of 
looking at things. They have greater i»ride of their 
States, and also greater family pride, than Northern 
men — their likes and dislikes are mueli stronger. 
They are very hrave, and yet it seems to me we 
are Hghting as mueh to [)reserve their heritage as 
our own. If I dill n"t 1)elieve so I would take no 
part in a war against tliem."" 

•• I don't understand tliat," said one of the offi- 
cers of the shi[). ''I helieve that we are right and 
they are wrong, and I can't tmderstantl how we are 
preserving anything of theirs." 

"■ Liberty is a eommon heritage." said the lieuten- 
ant, '"hut what I mean is. that if they succeed in 
estahlishiug a government of their own, both North 
and South will eome under the control of foreign 
powers. United we are strong enough to protect 
ourselves au'ainst any nations that can be brotm-ht 



WITH OUR FLEET. 371 

against us ; disunited l)y figiiting against eacli other, 
we shall finally lose a repu1)lican form of govern- 
ment for both. It is a very sad war of 1)r()ther 
against brother, and fatlier against son," and the 
captain looked thoughtful and sombre. 

'' Yes," I replied, '•' it is hard to tight against 
relatives and friends." 

Lieutenant Bell passed over my remarks by 
sajing to Phil, '' I have n't heard anything of your 
relatives, Gurley," which I understood was his way 
))f saying that my Southern relatives could be of no 
possible interest to him. 

"- 1 might tell a long story," said Phil. '' I have 
good reasons for believing that my mother's married 
name was not Gurley ; but I know that whatever 
my parentage I am still myself." 

I had flushed, somewhat in anger I confess, at 
Lieutenant Bell's manner, and perhaps he saw it, 
for he said in reply to Phil's remark : 

"• Yes, after you have stripped a man of his arti- 
ficial surroundings that sometimes give him impor- 
tance, such as wealth, Ijirth, or honors, you have 
come down to the marrow of individual worth. 
The man who has not in some way got this vicAV 
of himself cannot properly estimate his own value. 
I am a good deal of a democrat, you see, — but still, 
blood Avill tell." 

I thought to myself that though he might voice 
the sentiments of democracy he was sometimes 
almost oiiensively aristocratic in his manner, yet I 



■li'I FATHER Aa.MXST SON: 

could not lay hold of aiiylliiiiL;' in wlial lie had said 
or in liis niannei' that was tangibly .snol)bish, much 
less personally offensive. 

We re[)oi'tt'(l that afternoon to the senior officer 
of tlie lleet. and at our riMpiest. as we knew its 
ea[i(ain, were assi^'ued to temporal \- dut\' on the 
double-endei' •• Sassacus."" 

The })lan of the ( 'onfe(lerates. after the ca[>ture of 
Plymouth, was to take Xewl)erni\ and once niore 
open these inland waters to the ships of l-hii4'land. 
In this [)lan tlu' iron-(dad ram '• Albemarle "" was 
reekone(l ou to co(lperate with the troo})s under 
(Tcnei'al Iloke. 'I'wo days after our arri\'al here the 
enemy's iron-clad came down to contest tlie [)osses- 
sion of Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. 

I was assureil that had we arrived a week ear- 
lier, I should have been given command of one 
of the smaller craft of the fleet, but as all disposi- 
tions for battle were now made, it could not l)e 
done. 

The prospect of sliarp work is not an unwel- 
come one to naval sailors, since it is not only their 
profession to fig'ht, but is also one of the I'oads they 
must travel to distinguish themselves and gain })ro- 
motion. ^len of our race are brave by nature, as 
has 1)een many times demonstrated in battle 1)y sea 
and land. It was often said, during the war, that 
personal courage was the cheapest thing we had. 
In the navy the officers who were cowardly soon 
had a chance to get out of the profession and give 



11777/ Oril FLEET. 373 

place to those who, wliiU' not seeking danger, did 
not shirk or flee from it. 

On the otli of May the " Albemarle " came 
sbnvly steaming down the Roanoke River to discuss 
the question who sliould retain the possession of 
the sound. The stakes to 1)e played for wcrt' 
large. If our eomljined fleet could destroy this 
dangerous craft we should regain possession of 
Plymouth, and also [)reserve the inland waters of 
Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds, and all that this 
implied. 

The vessels waiting to prevent the ram from 
getting into the sound wxn-e the '• ^lattabesett," 
which was also a double-ender, the '" Miami," 
" Whitehead," " Ceres," " Commodore Hall," and 
our own. 

As soon as it was reported to us that the "Albe- 
marle " was coming, the whole fleet steamed up the 
sound to give battle. We had not gone far before 
we saw black volumes of pitch-pine smoke, which 
told us that she was coming. At her approach 
the vessels of our fleet opened fire on her at com- 
paratively short range, to which at first she made 
no reply. But as she came near her forward port 
flew open — there was a puff of smoke, a flash 
and roar, and then a shell struck the quarter of the 
" ^Mattabesett," cutting her rail and killing and 
wounding (as we afterwards learned) six men at 
her pivot gy\i\' Meanwhile the shot and shell of 
our vessels were striking' the iron-clad roof of the 



374 



F. 1 riiE/i . i r;A ixs T SOX. 



•• A ll)('iii;i rlc "" ii!i<l L;l;niciii;_;' IVom it like so iiiaiiv 
inarMt's t'nuii a IxKii'd. Al lull head of steam slio 
lieadcd for tlic " Mattalx'sct t " with the intention of 
I'aniiiiiii;^' lici'. liiil tla.' lilow was axoided l»va ([uiek 
turn which tln' ichid crafl. iiiori/ (diiiiisv, was unalile 
to meet. \W' th(Mi o^xMied on her at dose rani^'e 
with our fiirmidahlc niiie-iii(di L;'uns, l)ut. as Phil 
al tcrwards said. "•It was like throwiuL;' })eas at an 
iron })ot."" l-'ortunalely for the smaller craft, she 
paid no moi'c attention to them tliaii a furious hull 
docs to llics when eULj'a^'ed with an o[iponent. 

The din and uproar of the conllict soon became 
tremendous. It was, Iidwcnci; a|i|iarentlv of little 
more use to lire shot at the cnem\' than to sna[) 
one's tliuml) ami liiiy'cr at her. 

\\"e were al)out fnui- liundred \'ar(ls from her 
when the caj)tain of our vessel sent orders to the 
engine-room to cram in oil and cotton waste, and 
l)a(d<; her. Then tlie oi'der was given to steer for 
the iron-(dad ! With thi'ottles wide ('[)en. with the 
hottest of lires under her l)oilers, the engine A\'ork- 
ing the "pistons at a furious stroke, onr good shi[) 
shot forward with tremendous speed to ram the 
relud craft: 

I shall n<»t forget the scene on our decks if I 
live a thousand years ! The men grasping the 
rail Avith the nervous ])allor of sus[)ense on their 
faces, tlie clanking of the engines, the hissing and 
wash of steam antl water, the slanp commands ; 
and then (^as we neared the enemy J) the order 



WfTfT OrR FLEET. 37o 

caiuo, ''All down!"' and we struck the '"Albe- 
marle "' like a tliimderljolt ! 

1 was sittino- on niy feet on tlie deck holding' to 
the rail, l)ut was thrown over and over ])y the tre- 
mendous shoek. Our staneh eraft (quivered, but 
held fast, and as 1 got to my feet, I saw thi'ough 
tlie smoke that the ram, though still afloat, had 
heeled over, while our l^ows were toru away and 
its timljers strained and ripped to the water 
line. I could liear the click of the engines, whieh 
seemed uninjured, and not ten feet away saw the 
port of the iron-clad open, and a gun's crew, naked 
to tlie waist, red, perspiring, and Ijlackened Ijy 
powder, working like so many demons. Then 
came a blinding flash almost in m}- face, and the 
shot tore and crashed through ns. 

Both vessels were moving. Our ragged l)ows 
were clinging to the iron-clad, with our own prow 
so twisted that we lay side by side with our stern 
to her bow^s. 

Another shot ripped through us, piercing the 
overcharged boilers of our engines. They emptied 
themselves with a shriek like a wounded creature, 
filling the forward deck with steam and Ijoilino- 
Avater. Our ship lurched heavily to port, and then, 
amid the screams of agony from scalded men and 
the fierce shouts of the contestants, there came 
simultaneously a terriljle cry and a command : 
" The ship is sinking ! Make ready to repel 
boarders ! "' 



3(0 I'ATIIER AdAIXST SOX. 

Our ('i'tM\' with cuihisst's and jtistols spi-anq" to the 
l)ul\\;irlxs. and a liaiid-tM-haud cuiitlict took [)lac'e ; 
but a steady \.\w iVoiii i»nr t(t[)s. and a licrct' resist- 
ance troiii dUi' men on (hvl^. l<c]it tlie eiuanv liaek. 

While assisting in this diii\^ of re[icllin^' the 
enenix' I I'cit a sliafp pain in iii\' ri^'lit si(h'. and niv 
h'L^'s (IouIiUmI uji niKh'r me as if of pajtef instead of 
Ih'sli, nins(de, and hone 

I liad hrcn strncl< h\- a Itullet. 

I did not. lio\\-c\-('r, lose consciousiii'ss. I heard 
the shri(d<s. ^Toans. tones of eoinnian<ls on Itoth 
ships t-vrn more distinetlv than hefoi'e. 

'riiirteeii aw t'nl nnnutes passed, while the other 
ships of onr lleet. as if [)araly/.e(l at the scene, 
looked on. with stop[ied cn^'ines. ('a[)tain i'^rench, 
of the " Miami."" however, who had hecn h^'htino' 
his ship at (dose (piartei's. came to the a>sistance of 
the ••Sassacus"' and attempted to explode a torpedo 
under the ii'on-(dad. 

Wdiile the pi\-ot guns were kept at work almost 
mnz/le to muzzle with those of the enemy, we 
drifted a[iart. 

The other sliips now" got into line and iireih and 
also made attem}»ts to hefonl the prop(dler of the 
iron-(dad with the seine: hut like all other attem[)ts 
proved impraetieal)le. 

At sundown the " .Vlbemarle " steamed up the 
Eoanoke River, never again to ap[)ear in battle. 

She was ilnally destroyed with a tor[)edo by the 
l)ra^•est of the brave Lieutenant C'ushing. 



WITH OUR FLEET. 377 

It was not until the conflict was over that I 
learned that Phil had been badly scalded Avhile 
directing the guns on the forward deck of our shi[). 
I was told that, though so badly injured, he had 
for some time refused to leave his post, and even 
then did not until he was forced to do so. 



o7 8 FA J 11 1 lit A'.AI AS J' SUN. 



CTTAPTKIJ XXXIL 

rxDEi; TiiK sri;<ii:(tx"s cai;e. 

Soox after bciiiL;' wouiitled I was carried to tlic 
cocjx'jiit. fruiii wlicre I could still hear the din of 
the li--lit. 

rpoii examiiiatioii my wound was found to l)c 
caust'd by a hullet sti'iking' and breaking the second 
ril), and then jjcissing ol»li(pU'ly through the right 
side and out just where the elhow naturally touches 
the side when [)ressed down upon it. 

IMiihs injuries were still more serious, as the 
u[)[>er portion of his body was badly scalded, and it 
was feare(l that he was injured internall}'. The 
surgeon shook his liead as if doulitful of any but 
un])leasant results, as he cut away his garments to 
ap[tly white lead, linseed oil, and other dressing. 
It nuist have been very [)aiid'ul, l>ut Phil talked^ 
hiughed, joked, and ciaed out only once wlien the 
surgeon hurt liira with rough handling. 

When the surgeon l)egan examining me he did 
not hurt mucli, and it is not my nature to cry out 
with pain. But Phil looked as compassionate as if 
my hurt was more desperate than Ids o^^■n. 

" I am not hurt half as bad as you are," I said, 
"• and here 3M3U are I'itying me just as if your scald 
was of no consequence." 



UNDER THE SUJiOEOYS CARE. oiM 

" AVclI, old fellow," said Phil, - yon never Aell 
out over anything-, hnt I .squeal when things go 
against my grain."" 

This Avas in part true, for I was of a more stolid 
nature than he, and sueh people sonietimes get 
credit for liravery when it is a matter of tenqiera- 
ment, rather than of courage. I liave seen men 
who were easily startled — who jumped and cried 
out nervously — and yet were really more coura- 
geous than othei'S who were not easily shaken. 

While the surgeon Avas removing Pliirs clothing 
to apply the dressing he came upon the locket of 
Phil's mother, which he had always worn around 
his neck. 

" Take that off,*" he said rather crossly ; "'■ it will 
hurt you." 

Phil passed an uneasy, restless night, and I heard 
him call out in his sleep repeatedly, which I thought 
indicated that he Avas in great pain. I did not 
suffer much, though hefore I got through Avith that 
bullet Avound the pain was enough for a lifetime. 

When the snrgeon A'isited us in the morning I 
told him hoAV Phil had called out in his sleep. He 
shook his head at this, and said, '' He needs A^ery 
careful nursing."" On reneAAung portions of the 
dressing lie came upon the locket again, and Avas 
very cross about it. "You must not AA'ear it,"' he 
said ; " it is likely to chafe and hurt you."" 

Phil then lianded over tlie locket to me, saying, 
"Hez, you keep 3-our AA'eather eye on it." 



880 



F. 1 77/ /•; n At ;a /xs t sclv. 



Tlii'ii Uic (l()('t(»r L^'avc Phil an opiate, and lie had 
fallen inti> a deep s\vv\) nndri' ils inlluL'nee, when 
Lieutenant licll. ha\ in^' heard of oiir injnries, came 
in [)a\- a \isil tn the ship. 

And now I iiinst tell of an occurciu/e which, 
were it not ti'nc. wonld seem like an invention. 
IJefoi'e Lieutenant Lell came I had opened the 
hud-cet and was lookill^• at tiie miniature of Phihs 
mothei'. d'lie likeness was that of a heautiful 
Avomaii, dressed in fanciful costume. F still had 
the likeness in my hand when the lieutenant 
came in. 

'• How are yon this morninL;'?'" he saith 

I made a motion towards Phil to indicate that 
he was sleepiiii;'. He looked at him earnestly for 
a moment, then said: 

'' \\^' shan't distnrl) him : if I am not mistaken 
he "s under the inllueiice of morphine." 

Li reply to his in(piiries I told lam of Phil's 
hrave conduct, and how he had stuck to his post 
of (lut}- after heinn' hni't : an<l as I spoke I laid the 
locket, still o[)en, on a little table hy my side. 

"What did the doctor say alnjiit his case?" 
intpiired the lieutenant. 

"'He didn't say anything," I replied: "Ijut I 
did n't like the v\'ay he shook his head." 

"" There is not so mm-h in that," said he, smiling; 
" tliese surgeons usually make the most of a case, 
so as to get the more credit for the cuie of it. I 
lio})e that the burn is not serious — the hoy is such 



UNDER THE SURGEOX'S CARE. 381 

a l)rave little fellow ; if he lives he may l)eeome 
a credit to the naA'y.*' 

'' Yes," I said, '' no braver sailor ever trod a deek ; 
and see, this is the pieture of his mother: she looks 
high-bred enough." 

Lieutenant Bell took the loeket carelessly in his 
hand and said, without looking at it, ''Yes, I under- 
stand ; tlie poor Ijoy has no father or mother, and 
it is Avouderful how" — and here he adjusted his 
eye-glasses and looked at the miniature in his hand. 

T was not prepared for the effect it produced. 
He gave a cry , turned pale, looked from me to 
Phil, exclaiming, " jMerciful God ! " 

"What is it, sir?" T exclaimed, almost jumping 
from my bed with alarm. But the strong man was 
on his knees at Phil's bed, making inarticulate 
sounds, and I thought he had gone suddenly 
insane. 

" Who did you say this likeness was ? " he asked 
excitedly. " How did he come by it ? " 

I said : 

" It is Phil's mother ; she died when he was a 
child, and when the old woman he lived with in 
New York died, he was left ah^ne and drifted to 
Wiclmor. Why, what is it about the picture ? 
Did you ever see her ? " 

" She was my wife — and this boy must be my 
son that I have Ijeen searching for for years," he 
replied, and he hung over Phil, his lips moving as 
if in silent thanksgiving ; and by this time I was 



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FA TTIER A G. I 7.V.'? 7' Sny. 



as niueli excited as lie, and should liavc l)et'ii still 
more so had T hiiown all the faets. 

■•• I will tell you all ahoiit it," he said. " when T am 
ealmer. and when uiy I)oy is out of dauber. Possi- 
lily there may lie sonu' mistake ahout it — he may 
not l»e mv son, thou^'h it seems ini[»ossil)le tha.t 
there should he an\- niistakt- ahcuU it, for I re- 
eo^'nize this locket and likeness as one ihat ni\' 
wife ^•a^'e to me. hut whieli I left with her when 
I went to sea : l)Ut I liax'e a du[)lieate of it in 
my state-room. It is without (|uestion the one I 
left with her." 

''My hither always said," T replied, -that Phil 
liad j4'ood hlood in his ^•ein.s." 

''The hest in the South," said the lieutenant 
pron<llv. "No wonder he shows eonrage ; he 
eonies from a race of soldiers. " 

Mr. Pell stepped out to see the surgeon. When 
he returned he said, "The surgeon thinks there 
will he no harm in my seeing the hoy this after- 
noon — that joyful excitement may })rove henefi- 
eial rather than injurious tct iiim. I want him niovtMl 
on l)oard of mv ship, where he will get the best of 
care." 

''Can't r go too ?" I said. ''Phil and 1 have 
alwavs been together; we have never got hurt ex- 
cept in eouiples. Mother used to say, when I had 
stuhhed a toe, ' (iet two rags, for Phil will l)e along 
with a sore toe in a minute." " 

" God bless your mother ! " said Lieutenant P>eli. 



UNDER THE sril(;Eoy'S CARE. 383 

"Of course you will come to keep liiiii comiJaiiy, 
for your own advantage as ^^'ell as liis ; he "s still 
3'our friend if he is luy son." 

There was something in his manner of saying 
this that nettled me, and I growled to myself, " I 
guess the Johnstones have got as good l)h:»()das aii\' 
Bell that ever rang its own praise." 

''What are you growling about, Ilez ? '" said 
Phil drowsily ; then, yawning, said, ^ I must have 
been asleep." 

" Your father has been here to see you, Phil." 

" Your granny I " replied Phil, who seemed much 
refreshed by his slumber; and then very seriously 
added : 

" But, honor Ijright, I dreanred of my mother, 
though; she came, as I thought, and brushed back 
my hair, as I rememljer she used to do, and 
said, ' ^ly dear boy I " and then, plague it I I woke 
up. But was n't it a beautiful dream ? Wlieu 
a fellow is down he wants some one to coddle him 
just as marm and your mother used to do. I sus- 
pect that I 'm a good deal of a bal)y and not much 
of a man. But say, old fellow, how is your venti- 
lator ? " 

" My what, you scamp ? " 

"• Bullet hole, you thickdiead ! " said Phil, laugh- 
ing. 

"That's all right; but seriously, Phil, — honor 
bright, and no fooling, — your father has discovered 
you, and when you heard me growling, it was 



8 S 4 F. [11 IE R ACM XS '1 ' S ON. 

lu'causc lie had liecii [iatn»iiiziny' mv. just as if I 
was dill.'" 

"Just liaiid UK' my Lxdcet, IIi'Z," said Pliil.sniil- 
!Ul;' : and tlicu addril. "I l;'uc\ss yoii liave Ix-cii 
drcaiuinn' too, Ilez."' 

•• Vcs," r coutinufd. "and it was tliat locket tliat 
did the business: \du know leather al\\'a\"s thought 
it nii^'ht. Vou don't seem to thiid-; I am in ear- 
nest, l>ut your t'atlier has lieeii here while you were 
asleep.*" 

'"Xonsense ! "" ejaculated Phil. 

"Honest. Phil! and here he comes a^'ain, I 
i;'uess."" .Vnd the d(u>]' o[)ene(l and I^ieutenant Pell 
came in. 

Phil reached to grasp his hand, saving. " Glad 
to see you. lieutenant."" 

" I "m glad to see you." he re[)lied with great 
eni(,)tion ; "you are looking Ijetter. my dear hoy." 

Phil opened'his eyes Avith sur})rise at this demon- 
strative remark, while the lieutenant continued as 
lie sat down Iw Phil's side, still holding his hand: 
" I "ve got something to tell you. I think — I 
think — yes. I am positive — that you are my son. 
At any rate,"' he said, pointing to the locket that 
was in Phil's hand. " that dear woman \vas my 
wife."' 

" Well," said Phil excitedly, " Imt that was my 
mother. You don't mean to say that what Hez 
has been telling me is — is — so ? " 

The lieutenant made no other reply than to fall 



UNnr:i: the sriKr eon's care. 385 

on his knees h\ Phil's side and kiss Ids face as he 
reverently exclaimed, "- Thank ({od I thank God ! 
I 'ni glad to liave such a brave boy for my son.'" 

" And I am glad to have a father like you ; 
that is — if it is really so," said Phil hesitatingly; 
" it seems too good to be quite true, though." 

And the father sat holding his boy's hand, saying- 
little, but with an exchange of feeling between 
them none the less deep, until Phil fell into a deep 
natural sleep. 

Lieutenant Bell laid Phil's hand down gently, 
saying softly, '•'■ God bless jou, mj son I " The 
surgeon came in and seeing Phil asleep said, 
" That 's good, that 's the effect I hoped for I " 

The next day Phil and I were moved to the 
" Strikewell," where Ijetter air and better attend- 
ance, it was thouo-ht, mio-ht be oiven him. As for 
myself, I seemed to be of little consequence ex- 
cept as Phil's friend. 

Sailors are not reputed to be sentimental, but 
when the romantic incidents of the meeting 
1)et\veen father and son were known by the officers 
and men of the fleet, we were the recipients of as 
many indigestible messes as there were cooks. I 
don't know why it is that when people feel kindly 
towards you — when their emotions are particularly 
excited in your behalf — they proceed on the 
principle that if one is sick they can best express 
interest for you by stuffing your stomach and 
putting 3-ou in the way of getting worse. 



381') FATHER A'lAiyST SON. 

'I'lic JU'xt cnriiiiiy at'lur tlir cliaiigc of (|nart('rs 
l^liil sliowfil a disposition to exult. 

'■ Wliat do you tliiid-; of this? — tlu' lieittenant"s 
statc'-i'ooiii. and L;'nd> lo kill.'"" 

'•'■ I'x'afs ;iii\- sloi'v I L'N'cr rt-ad."' 1 said. •• this tind- 
iuL;' \Miur dad."" 

" Vrs,"' saiil tlu' lieutenant, who just then eanie 
in and overheard my remarks: '"and now that yoti 
a'-e a little better. LMiili]). 1 want to tell }-ou the 
storN' of in\' life. I am not L;'oinL;- to spin a lono- 
\arii. Iiut tell it in a, {vw words, so as not to i)nt 
\-on to sleep aL;ain. my dear hoy."" And the lieuten- 
ant looked at IMiil wich a soft li^'ht in his eyes 
that seemed to nu' vmy sentimental for a man. 

•• 1 was l)orn,"" he said. 'Mil Sontli Carolina, not 
two hundred miles from this place. My father is 
— if alive, (lod Idess him! — a slaveholder, hut at 
the same time a humane man who would not do 
injustiee to a servant oi' any one else. I>ut my 
brother and myself were sent North to he educated. 
I was in school in New Vork city to he trained as 
a lawyer: my brother in a I'onnectietit college. 
Mv brother married a Yankee girl. My fatlier 
could n't stand that ; sent him a check for mone}' 
])elonging t() him from mother, and would have no 
more to ^\o with him. I ftdl in love with your 
mother, Phil, and married her, and when father 
learned of this he served nie as he had my brother. 
Yottr mother was of a good I'higlish family, but 
they were impoverished, and she had become an 



I'XDER THE SJ'RGEOX'S CARE. 387 

actress. At tirst I went on llie stage, and \\\\\\ uiy 
own and my wife's wages we managed to live. 
When you were l)orn we named yon Philip, after 
lier father. Then her health failed, and she of 
course could not help support me and herehild too. 
I, foreseeing that we should soon come to want, left 
her the little money we had and shipped as a com- 
mon sailor on a voyage to China, giving her the 
advance wages I received. On arriving in China 
I wrote to lier, l)ut ne^Tr heard from her again. 
Xt the time I started on this voj'age you were 
about two years of age. On my return from my 
voyage I made a thorough search for lier and my 
child, but could learn nothing of them. When I 
left you boys in New York some three years ago 
it was to resume the search, but it Avas Avithout 
success. 

" At the time I shipped on the ' Favorite ' it was 
with the intention of communicating with my 
father. But at Newberne I learned that my brother 
was with him, and though T loved them both I 
was too proud to make any claim on them for rec- 
ognition while little more than a common sailor. 
The name I now sail under is not the one I am 
entitled to by birth. It was because of th(? pi'cjn- 
dice of Southern people against manual labor that 
I did not take my real name when I went to sea, 
but took instead the stage name I had used when 
I was an actor." 

During this narrative I had been exchanmng' 



388 FATiii:i; agaixst sax. 

'^lanvt'S witli IMiil wliidi were almost as good means 
of communication as words would have been. 

''What is your real name, and mine?"" said Pliil. 

" Johnst(»ne."" was the reply. •• (_)ne of the 
[)i-oudest in the State of North Carolina!'" 

I eotild restrain myself no longer. ••Phil,"" I 
said, "• C'ottsiii Phil, I am coming over to shake 
liands with you, surgeon or iKt stirgeon."" and with 
this 1 got out of hed and shook Pliil hy the hand 
and then l)luhl)ered out hetween gasps: 

••Old fel, vou always were as good as gold, and 
I "ve loved you ever since you [luUed me otit of 
the Wild Piver: hut })lague me if I don't someway 
or other cotton to you just a little more, now that 
you are my cousin, than ever before." 

•• I don't understand this,"" said Lietitenant P)ell 
in amazement : '"and you '11 get cold, with nothing 
on Ijut your shirt. But, I say, explain. I don't 
understand it I " 

•' Well," I re[)lied somewhat tartly, '•my fatlier's 
name is Kufus Johnstone, Jr., and if I am not mis- 
taken, you are the Uncle Bob I've heard him tell 
so nuich about; the same that helped tame the Ijoy 
Andy." 

The scene that followed can be imagined better 
than told. 

I had to tell my uncle the story of Phil's com- 
ing to Vv^ichnor, and then to our home, and of my 
father going South and getting drawn into the 
Southern side of the rebellion. 



UNB1:R the srRGEON\S CARE. o80 

" Of course Rufe had to go with our people," said 
the lieuteuaut, " but a uobler man or boy never 
breathed ! " 

When Uncle Robert said lliis, I forgave him 
from that moment some of the Southern Johnstone 
airs he had been puttiug on. 



300 



FA TIIER A (^A IXS '1 ' .S UX. 



CHAVTVAl XXXIII. 



IN TIIK HOSI'ITAL. 



As tlio very wai'ia \\(';itlii'r was a]ij)roacliiiiL;\ it 
was (leriiu'd ]}cM Iiy llic siii-L;'f<iii llial IMiil and 
I slioiild lie si'iit tti tlic 1)1-1 )i)]\lyii Xaval ilospita.l, 
wlicif wi' could lia\c till' Itciiflil of roolrr wrallicr, 
and tlie most sl^illl'ul caiv and atlcndaiicc. I'liil 
had Ix'cii ^TowiiiL;' lictler v\rr since lie was cou- 
\c\tMl to tlic •• Sti'il<cwcd/" wliilr my wound was 
licaliuL;- i'a}iid]\', and I should havi' l>ecn modcr.itelv 
c'(^)iit('ut('d but for the torturt' of liaviu^;" tlic wound 
reamed out witli caustic at every notion of the old 
doctor. 

In -June we arrive(l at Brooklyn and were duly 
installe*] in comfortahle (quarters at the hos[)ital. 
Here, after a few days, mother and ^'randhither 
came to see us. (irandfather — wonderful to relate 
— had a uewsuit of clothes, and \\'hile in Brooklyn 
ex[)ended several dollars in ice-cream and other 
luxui'ies for Phil and me; or at least, whatever 
grandfather's intentions were, Phil got his share. 
1 had already informed my mother, in a long letter, 
of our relationship, and the incident hy which it 
was discovered, and hence they were prepared to 
o-reet Phil as a rehiti\e. Thouo-h mother said she 



IN THE HOSPITAL. 301 

could Tiut lia\e likrd liini any better than she 
always had, if he had been twice over related, 
I conld observe in her manner, as well as in grand- 
father's, more deference to the son of Robert John- 
stone than to plain Phil Gurley. This is saying 
nothing to their discredit, for they were simply 
human. 

Grandfather was aging very fast, and \\'ith age 
came a certain softening of many of his harsher 
traits. It was, as mother said, quite pitiful to see 
how childishly fond of me he had grown. One 
trait, recently developed, my mother considered 
still more alarming. This was liberality in the 
use of money. At a fair held in Wichnor for 
the Christian Commission, lie had, so my mother 
told me, given so freely that it was the talk of 
the town that he was losing his mind. And 
mother looked so alarmed as slie told me this 
that I was inclined to laugh. Phil slyly said to 
me he guessed Squire Perkins had had an enlarge- 
ment of the heart. 

Once, when grandfather had insisted on an ex- 
penditure for me that seemed to mother needless, 
for she was very frugal. Grandfather Perkins said : 

" Well, Rose, money is well in its way, but since 
I have seen men and l)oys like these two sacrificing 
comfort and everything else for this country, I 've 
made up my mind to be more liberal with money. 
I see now that I 've made a mistake in life in re- 
garding it as the principal thing to be considered, 



002 FATHER AaAIXSr SOX. 

and T am sorry now T liavc n't n'ivcn more fi-eely 
to you and Kurns. Perlia[is I liavc niadu a mistake 
in considcrinL;- nione_v ot too L^'rcat value. .\ny- 
wav, I "\(' lieen scarry that I was not more lil)eral 
to Kufus and lc('})t iiini witli ns. lie used to sav 
money should he our servant, and not onr master, 
and I *m not sure hut that I "ve sometimes let it 
he m\' mastei-."" 

This was such an unusual admission for i^'rand- 
father. wln)m I 'd never hidoi'e known to adnnt that 
he could he wroiiL;' in anytliing'. that I heeame almost 
as miu'h alarmed as mother. Pliil looked over to 
me and whistlc(l such a prolonged whistle when 
gi'a 111 Ha tiler went out that mother mildly reproved 
him hy saying, '• I'hilip, you are getting- w(dl too 
fast h>r your good manners!" And then to me 
she said. " Your fatlu'r's way of looking at money 
came from his never knowing the want of it when 
he was a hoy, while your gnuidfather had to work 
and struggle for every cent he got. The true 
view may l)e hetween the two extremes.*' 

During the sununer mother came to Brooklyn 
quite often, and grandfather sometimes accompa- 
nied her, and at one time he stayed a week longer 
than she did. 

It was a happy day when, during th.e latter part 
of August, we were allowed hy the naval author- 
ities to go home tt) Wichnor on a sixty days' fur- 
lough. 

When we arrived at llivermouth, we took pas- 



IN THE HOSPITAL. 39o 

sage up the river for Wiclinor on one of the excur- 
sion steamers that ply between the two phiees. 
On its decks were a number of Wichnor peopU^ 
whom we knew; they treated us with great friend- 
liness. It seemed like a family party ratlier than 
an accidental gathering. 

" This seems a reality and the past a dream,*' 
said Phil, looking off on the beautiful banks of the 
river. 

I understood why these familiar scenes had raised 
a train of memories. I thouglit, too, of the time 
when he had first come to Wichnor and to our 
home ; and I asked myself the cjuestion, Was it 
accident, or was it by the direction of a higher 
power, that he was brought there and finally to 
Ins own father? 

'' (xod has been in our lives," said Phil rever- 
ently, '' and has saved us from many perils, to see 
this dear old to^\^l again." 

I made no reply, for there was a mist in my eyes 
and a choking in my throat. 

Mother and grandfather were at the wharf to re- 
ceive us, and we noticed with surprise that the fam- 
ily carriage had a new coat of paint and varnish. 

Among those who were on the wharf was Jim 
Bisbee, who was home on a veteran furlough. 

Grandfather invited him to take dinner with us 
the next day, and Jim was full of reminiscences of 
our fight at Plymouth and our subsequent escape. 

" I snum," said Jim, after l>eing helped to the 



894 FA 111 Ell ACAIXSI' SOX. 

second pii-cc (il'pic, "'lliis is sdiiic Ix'ttrr "ii a-traips- 
ill" tliioiiuli the swaiii]) — saw iiaow. ain't it ? TlaTt- 
was til (tr llii'cc times wjieii I could n't tell whicli 
was my stomacli an<l whicli was in\' lia( Ic. tliev ^\■as 
so diimmed iii^li t'^fther : and no oiu' "zacklv 
knows liow '_;do(l tliinL;'s taste till tlie\- '\'e lieeii 
"tlioiit "em. 1 "11 never _L;r<>\\'l liaout m" L;rul» aij;'"in 
as lonL;' as 1 ]i\-e. What is throwd awa\- in this 
taown would stand a soldier in !_;-ood stead on a. 
Ioul;' march."" 

'• \'es. if lie could n't Lj'et- anytliinu' l)elter," said 
Phil with a winic across the talile to me. 

"''J'liis wai',"" said L;'ra ml father, " has a tendency 
to show us that there ai'e some \'alues more pre- 
cious than silver and n'old."" 

'*(Jood L;-i'aci(_)Us. yis I "" said .lim, wiid<ing' slyly to 
nie ; •' ] "m investing' in L;'ovi'r"]neiit honds m"self, 
S(piare. 1 sold th" Thompson place t" other day an* 
put every cent on 't in th" stuff: f"r if this gover'- 
ment htists I don"t care what hajipens, an" if it 
don't hust I think it "s a s[)ec wtith somthin" while.*" 

•' Yes."" assented gi'andfather, *' when a man 
weighs himself and his interests alongside of his 
country's existence he "s a mean skuid-:. Ilez, 1 "ve 
ptit ten thousand dollars in go\'ernnient Ijonds in 
Witdiuor l)e[)osit Society for you ; you can l)egin 
ti-sing it when you like : hut "' — and here he hesi- 
tated — ''I "d advise you to hold on to it kind of 
close; h»r it "s much easier to get clear of money 
tluui to kee[) it."' 



IN TlFE HOSPITAL. 395 

My niothei' Ueamod wlicii lie added : ■■' And, IIcz, 
all I 've got belongs to you and your mother ; my 
will is made l)y Law3-er Cute, good and strong."' 

The days passed rapidly and our furlough soon 
expired. It was now time for us to report at the 
hospital again. We met the young people of our 
age at social gatherings, to which we were invited, 
and Phil lost his heart to one of Wichnor's fair 
daughters, — and there are none fairer in the laml, 
— but I could not banish from memory the face of 
one of the loveliest girls of the South. 

Amid pleasures we were brought to a realization 
that the bitter as well as the sweet must be drank 
from the cup of life. 

We were at the supper-table just on the eve of 
our departure for Brooklyn, when a telegram was 
handed to me. It read as folloAVS : 

Old Point Comfort, Va., Jan. 18, 1865. 
Ensign H. Johnstone : 

Your father wounded and a prisoner on board of 
transport bound for Fort Columbus, New York Har- 
bor. He wants to see you and your mother. 

Robert Bell, U.S.jS". 

We took the boat for New York that night and 
arrived there the next morning. Here we ol)- 
tained leave from the commandant to visit the old 
fort, and found that the transport with father on 



896 FATii]:n against son. 

l»()ar<l li;i(l l)Ut just arrived. Tlie oflicor in charge 
A\as \vr\ kind Id un. lie condiictod us to a sunny 
coriU'r A\lu're lay my dear fatliL'i', tiiin. pale, and 
desperately ^\■()unded. He had received a wound 
ill the defence of Fort Fisher, whert^ he fell into 
the hands of our forces. 

He e\'teiide(I his liands to mother and to nie. and 
there \\-ere tears (_)n his dear face as he said, in 
I'eply to our ipiestions as to his wound : 

•"Never mind the hurt: it is worth it all to see 
you, niv dear ones, ouce more."" 

I withdrew, that he and mother might be alone 
together. 

When I went to him again T found him calm 
and. if his I'ace was the index. ha[H)y. 

He said to me, "irez. it seems a luxury to he 
here, wounded and all, after heing a soldier so 
long. They are as good to me as if I were a 
guest." 

Tlien his fai'e lit n[i with a stern liglit as he 
said, '' AVe lost the fort, but we made a glorious 
figlit ! ^^ 

While we Avere s})eaking Andy eamc in, greeted 
me respeetfully, and then went straight to the bed 
of his master and friend. 

"Andy always manages to keep up with the 
proeession," said father; " if it had not been for the 
boy I don't know what I should have done some- 
times." 

My mother got a boarding-place in the city so 



TX 771 E HOSPITAL. 397 

that she coukl spend ;i part of each day with 
father. We soon knew, what he had known from 
the first, that Iiis wi^nnd was mortal. 

Tlie second day of onr coming tlie surgeon sent 
for us hastily. As we went into the room father 
extended a hand to each of us, and with a brave 
smile said, '' I am on ni}- last march. Rose ; " and 
then, as tears choked our utterance, continued: 
"• Don't feel bad over it, my dears. Think how 
merciful He lias been to bring us together again I 
And the other wonderful things He has done for us 
all ! I would n't have it different if I could." 

I could well believe him, for there was on his 
face a look of peace which I cannot describe. 

" Rufus," my mother said, " we have never been 
enemies, and have always thought of you with love 
in our hearts." 

"■ I know it, my dear, and I have never doubted it," 
he said. " I love my native South, and when she en- 
tered into this fight, that has proved so terrible for 
her, I should have been less than a man not to have 
cast my lot with my own people. I have been 
faithful unto death. I could do no less than I have 
done, and you, my son, could do no less for the 
Xorth. I loved the North too. I never had an im- 
pulse of hate against it in all my battles. But the 
war had to be." 

" We love you," I said, " if the whole world 
hates you." 

My father pressed my hand, and a smile so ten- 



o 8 FA 7 11 Ell A<;AI XS 7 ' ,S' OX. 

(It-r and Ixsmtifnl came to liis dear faee that it did 
not seem (if eartli. 

After a munient nf slleiiee lie said. "' IJe L^'ood to 
Andv : lie has heen a l;'(mm1 >ei'vant and friend to 
]ne."" 

^\.nd then, shoi'tly aftei', he heeame delirious, lie 
seeme(l to inia^'ine himstdf at the head of his men 
in battle, for he cried out. '• Stand lirm, men I We 
must dri\"e them \yavV or <lie here ! '" 

His xdicemade me tremhle. h)r it revealed my 
hither as a stern soldier. 

So, as I sat hy his side, he went on dnriiiL;- the 
ni^ht. 'Idien as it L^'rew lii^ht with the coming sun. 
there came a change : he was himself once more. 

lie looked into our faces with the old look of 
love. 'Idle darkness had i)assed from his mincL 
The linal (diann'c was coming'. 

Again he reached out his thin hands to us, say- 
ing, '"It 's ehh tide, Uose. I see m(_)re (dearly now. 
]\Iv son. mv wife! Dear ones, hless you!"' 

And tluMi his face was illumined with a light 
that seemed of that other worhh as he said in 
elear, firm toues : " I see more clearly now, my son. 
I see tliat the l)lood shed hy Xorthern and South- 
ern men has not l)een in vain. I see a great, united, 
ha[i[>v ])eople."'' Then, as if I'egarding this pro- 
phetic vision AA'ith a look of joy that was not of 
earth, this l)rave son of the South, my dear, dear 
father, [)resseil our hands, and died so gently that 
he seemed to sleep. 



IN THE HOSPITAL. 390 

The war was soon over. All our enemies were 
friends and fellow-eonntrymen again. 

Mj mother and I, after grandfather's death, set- 
tled down in the home that Avas my father's. Un(de 
Koliert with Phil and his wife are in a Ijeautiful 
home near ns. 

As I write these eoneluding words I hear my 
wife (once such a little rebel J, who is putting my 
son Rufus to bed, and teaching him this prayer : 
''(rod bless ])apa and mamma, our country and its 
glorious tlag, and all its people North and South, 
forevermore ! " To which my heart responds, 
Ameu ! 




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